New Publication: Population Survey

Lioness NPL-34, December 2022.

Results from the first comprehensive desert-adapted (northwest) lion population survey have been published as a peer-reviewed article by the African Journal of Ecology. The survey provides an important baseline for Namibia’s Ministry of Environment, Forestry and Tourism and area lion researchers as we work together for the sustainable management of the desert-adapted lion population. The journal article has been made available to any interest readers by the University of Minnesota Lion Center, who covered the Open Access publication fees.

Of particular interest is the role of the Lion Rangers, whose Local Ecological Knowledge (LEK) was indispensable to the successful execution of the survey. An important part of the survey was the use of repeatable, community-centered methods to help build local custodianship over the lion population.

The survey publication can be read here.

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