Does captivity influence territorial and hunting behaviour? Assessment for an ex-situ reintroduction program of African lions (Panthera leo)

Emma Dunston, Jackie Abell, Rebecca Doyle, Deanna Duffy, Craig Poynter, Jacqui Kirk, Victoria Hilley, Andrew Forsyth, Emma Jenkins, Dominique Mcallister, Rafael Freire

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    Maintaining a territory and being able to hunt are imperative for the success of African lion (Panthera leo) prides. This study aimed to determine if captive-origin prides display similar behaviours to wild lions. Behaviours and GPS locations of captive-origin and wild prides were collected through direct observations. All prides established home ranges while core areas corresponded with resource requirements. There was no evidence that pride origin affected territorial or hunting behaviours. Captive-origin prides exhibited behaviours that lead us to be optimistic about each pride’s ability to successfully establish and defend a territory, and hunt, following reintroduction.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)254-260
    Number of pages7
    JournalMammal Review
    Issue number4
    Early online date4 Sep 2017
    Publication statusPublished - Oct 2017



    • African Lion
    • territorial behaviour
    • hunting behaviour
    • home range

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)

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