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Lion strongholds around Africa

I owe this data 100% to Jason Riggio and others, where they provided the data and shape files in this paper. The map is now a visualisation of the strongholds for lions around Africa, and does not include areas that are privately owned ( very noticeable in South Africa), and they have tentatively included a substantial population estimate for Angola. This work acknowledges that there are more lions than shown on the map, but is pessimistic about the their long term chances. This image serves to remind us that we have left even less land for the lions every year, and the trend is not yet reversing. This map serves to augment and update somewhat my post from last week, but they aren’t directly comparable.

 

Lion Strongholds around Africa and their estimated populations from Riggio et al 2013

Lion Strongholds around Africa and their estimated populations from Riggio et al 2013

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