Mending Etosha (Kaross) Fence

Male lion outside the Etosha boundary.

Etosha National Park encompasses more than 22,000 sq km of north-central and northwest Namibia. Keeping the entire park’s fence in good working order is a tall task, verging on the near impossible given the sandy substrate underlying the fence. This becomes a particular problem when lions from Etosha transgress the park’s boundary, moving onto communal land and potentially causing problems for neighboring livestock farmers.

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New Paper: The History of Lions in Etosha

Lioness near Ombonde Research Area, 2021.

Historical lion information from northwest Namibia is scattered across a variety of sources. This provides an often incomplete picture of the history of lions and human-lion interactions in the region. As part of our ongoing research to better understand the past, present, and possible future(s) of humans and lions living alongside one another, Lion Ranger co-founder John Heydinger recently partnered with eminent lion researchers Craig Packer and Paul Funston, to write the history of lions in Etosha National Park. This article has recently been published by the Namibian Journal of Environment.

(The full article is available here)

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