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Project: Lion’s Ecology, conservation & conflict mitigation in Maasai Mara national park - Kenya

Applicant information: Mr. Michael Gichia Project Director and Research Scientist Biodiversity Conservation Organization www.biocon.webs.com Project outline: Lions are currently listed as “Vulnerable” on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species and this is associated with shooting, spearing, poisoning, habitat loss and over hunting of wild prey. The lion is one of the most threatened and amongst the large carnivores in Kenya. Indeed there is probably no other mammal species whose intra-continental distributional range and numbers has shrunk over historical times to the extent shown by lion. Kenya alone loses approximately 100 of its less than 2,000 wild lions every year due to killing by people. At this rate, it is clear that there will be no wild lions left in Kenya by the year 2030. Conflict with humans has been highlighted by international experts as one of the most important threats facing wild populations of large carnivores. Effectively resolving this threat is a top conservation priority, especially in areas such as Kenya’s Maasai Mara landscape, which holds globally important populations of large carnivores, especially lion, cheetah and leopards. Game Reserves, Wildlife Management Areas and village land are thought to hold just under 10% of all remaining lion in sub-Saharan Africa. Intense human-carnivore conflict in the Maasai Mara landscape, posing a significant risk to large carnivores in this crucial area. The conflict is driven chiefly by livestock depredation, but is exacerbated by a lack of alternative income sources apart from livestock, little knowledge about carnivores, incorrect identification of the causes of livestock death, and few tangible benefits from carnivore presence. It is vital to address all these issues in the Maasai Mara landscape, in order to reduce antagonism between local communities and large carnivores, and reduce the retaliatory killing of these threatened species hence the need for implementation of this project. Species Information and threat status: African lion = vulnerable http://www.iucnredlist.org/details/15951/0 76

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Auckland Zoo Field Conservation Report 2013/14  

Auckland Zoo field conservation report - 2013 / 2014

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