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Brief information on the Etosha Rand Lion Conservation Project

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LIONS UNDER THREAT In recent years, habitat loss and direct persecution have resulted in a dramatic decline in the numbers of African lions. Today, conflict with humans, particularly along the borders of protected/ non-protected areas is one of the main threats to the species. In Namibia alone, more than 1000 lions have been killed over the last 20 years, mainly by livestock farmers and wildlife reserve managers. Culling, often indiscriminate, is regularly carried out in response to local overpopulation resulting from the use of fences to contain lions within reserve boundaries. The aim of our project is to provide a scientific basis for a more sustainable approach to lion management, whereby lions can move more freely, overpopulation is avoided and unnecessary killing reduced. NOVEL MANAGEMENT APPROACH We conduct our project on a wildlife reserve in Namibia, bordering on Etosha National Park which contains the largest lion population in the country. The reserve operates semi-permeable fencing, through which lions (but not prey species) can freely move and thus function as part of a much larger ecosystem. Working with local wildlife managers, our objective is to establish a long-term database on lion movement patterns, population dynamics and ecology under semi-permeable fencing conditions in order to develop a novel management approach for lions in nonprotected reserves. SUSTAINABLE WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT Training local people in wildlife ecology and carnivore monitoring techniques, and providing incentives for local communities to sustainably manage wildlife populations are important aspects of our work. The project will also link the major interest groups associated with research and conservation in the region and provide a political framework necessary for implementing our results into lion conservation. STUDY AREA Etosha Height Game Safaris and Moesamoeroep is a 60,000 ha wildlife complex separated from Etosha National Park on its northern perimeter by 70 km of semi-permeable fencing. In addition to lions and other carnivores, it is also home to all plains game species as well as endangered species such as the black rhinoceros and sable antelope. Information provided by camera traps and GPS radio-collars helps us to locate and track individually recognized lions in our study area. EHLCP is a Chances for Nature project, promoting harmonious co-existence of man and nature. Co-operating partners include the German Primate Center (DPZ), the University of KwaZulu Natal, South Africa and Etosha Heights Game Safaris, Namibia. For more information, contact Dr. Martina Trinkel (martina.trinkel@gmail.com), Prof. Keith Hodges (khodges@dpz.eu) or Dr. Dirk Meyer (dmeyer@chancesfornature.com). Donations to: Chances for Nature e.V., IBAN: DE15260500010056023518 / BIC: NOLADE21GOE, Purpose: Etosha Heights Lion Conservation

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