Re-introduction of the African lion from a captive origin: Zambia & Zimbabwe

D. Youldon, N. Monks, Jackie Abell

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

    Abstract

    The African lion (Panthera leo) is found in most countries of sub-Saharan Africa, although numbers have declined in recent times. Lion numbers in Africa were estimated at 200,000 in 1975 (Myers, 1975). Estimates published at the end of 2012 by a team at the Nicholas School of the Environment suggested that between 32,000 and 35,000 lions remain in Africa and that there is “abundant evidence of widespread decline and local extinctions” even in protected areas (Riggio, 2013). The African Lion is currently listed as “Vulnerable” on the IUCN Red List based on “A species population reduction of approximately 30% is suspected over the past two decades (= approximately three lion generations). The causes of this reduction (primarily indiscriminate killing in defense of life and livestock, coupled with prey base depletion: Bauer 2008), are unlikely to have ceased.” (Bauer, Nowell & Packer, 2012). Loss of habitat due to human population growth is also a significant cause of population loss.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationGlobal re-introduction perspectives: 2016
    EditorsPritpal S. Soorae
    Place of PublicationSwitzerland
    PublisherInternational Union for the Conservation of Nature
    Pages153-156
    ISBN (Print)978-2-8317-1761-6
    Publication statusPublished - 2016

    Bibliographical note

    The full text is available from: https://portals.iucn.org/library/node/45889

    Keywords

    • Case studies
    • Re-introduction
    • Species management
    • Wildlife conservation

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  • Activities

    • 7 Invited talk
    • 1 Public Engagement Event
    • 1 Participation in workshop, seminar, course

    Social Psychology of Conservation and the Environment

    Jackie Abell (Speaker)
    13 Jul 202014 Aug 2020

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventPublic Engagement Event

    Conserving Lions: Threats, Solutions & Social Networks

    Jackie Abell (Speaker)
    16 Nov 2018

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

    Talk: African Lions: Threats, Networks, Conflict & Mitigation

    Jackie Abell (Invited speaker)
    16 Mar 2017

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

    Research Output

    An assessment of African lion Panthera leo sociality via social network analysis: prerelease monitoring for an ex situ reintroduction program

    Dunston, E., Abell, J., Doyle, R., Kirk, J., Hilley, V. B., Forsyth, A. & Jenkins, E., Jun 2017, In : Current Zoology. 63, 3, p. 301-311 10 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
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  • 5 Citations (Scopus)
    40 Downloads (Pure)

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

    Dunston, E., Abell, J., Doyle, R., Duffy, D., Poynter, C., Kirk, J., Hilley, V., Forsyth, A., Jenkins, E., Mcallister, D. & Freire, R., Oct 2017, In : Mammal Review. 47, 4, p. 254-260 7 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Press / Media

    Lateral Magazine: The Pride of Africa

    Jackie Abell

    17/05/17

    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Expert Comment

    Inside Track: taking steps towards a future for the African lion

    Jackie Abell

    19/08/13

    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Expert Comment

    Can captive-bred lions contribute to saving this vulnerable species?

    Jackie Abell

    5/08/13

    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Expert Comment

    Cite this

    Youldon, D., Monks, N., & Abell, J. (2016). Re-introduction of the African lion from a captive origin: Zambia & Zimbabwe. In P. S. Soorae (Ed.), Global re-introduction perspectives: 2016 (pp. 153-156). Switzerland: International Union for the Conservation of Nature.