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The Ecology and Management of Kalahari Lions in Central Botswana

This is a one hour long video of the seminar I recently gave at the ANU, disseminating my results from the CKGR lion research project. … [Read more...]

Salient statistics about Botswana…

581,730 square kilometres (48th) 0.45% arable Population 2,155,784 (145) 32.9 under 14 years of age. Life expectancy 54 23% adults estimated to carry HIV 85% Literacy rate Source: CIA World Factbook, 2015 … [Read more...]

Human vs Livestock vs Wild mammal biomass on Earth

At some time in recent pre-history, there were fewer than 100,000 humans, hunter gatherers all, while  the rest of mammal diversity was wild. Then humans domesticated plants and animals, and together they came to dominate the landscape in a  very short time. A handy way to measure this is by estimating biomass. This is because small mammals are … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

Estimated African lion populations by country, 2002

Below is an image I recently constructed using Bauer and di Iongh's 2003 paper estimating lion populations around Africa. Some numbers also come from Chardonnet, 2003. Some of this reflects a lack of information. For instance there may still be lions in Angola, but due to civil war, there is very little information. … [Read more...]

Map of lion research around Africa

This work in progress incorporates many of the important lion research locations around Africa, naming the primary investigator as per peer reviewed published research. For many projects there are other papers and even other researchers, but this map is only really to give a feel for where the majority of lion research is concentrated. Feel free to … [Read more...]

Hwange National Park

Recent work, funded by the Panthera Foundation, has focused on understanding the human-lion conflict along the boundary of Hwange National Park to establish the nature and extent of the problem and to help develop practical solutions for those communities that co-exist with wild carnivores. Read more here   … [Read more...]

Amy Dickmans’ Carnivore Conflict project in Ruaha, Tanzania

  Human-wildlife conflict is an issue of critical conservation importance, and is one of the main threats facing large carnivores today, particularly in areas near reserves. Large cats and other carnivores can impose significant costs on households through livestock depredation, and they are also often feared due to the possible risk of … [Read more...]

Honey Badger

The honey badger (Mellivora capensis), also known as the ratel (/ˈreɪtəl/ or /ˈrɑːtəl/),[3] is a species of mustelid native to Africa, Southwest Asia, and the Indian Subcontinent. Despite its name, the honey badger does not closely resemble other badger species; instead, it bears more anatomical similarities to weasels. It is classed as Least … [Read more...]

Greater Kudu

The greater kudu (Tragelaphus strepsiceros) is a woodland antelope found throughout eastern and southern Africa. Despite occupying such widespread territory, they are sparsely populated in most areas, due to a declining habitat, deforestation and poaching.[2] The greater kudu is one of two species commonly known as kudu, the other being the lesser … [Read more...]