14 November 2017 – Too Many Lions?

Garth Owen-Smith

The 14 November edition of The Namibian, ran an opinion piece by Namibian conservationist and IRDNC founder, Garth Owen-Smith. In his piece, Owen-Smith highlights the difficulty that farmers and conservationists working on human-lion conflict in Kunene face when confronted with hostile coverage on social media. In his piece Owen-Smith also cites a “recent survey” performed in Anabeb Conservancy. We were happy to contribute our research to Owen-Smith’s article and our heartened that he gave such clear expression to the issues facing Kunene farmers. It should be clearly stated that the argument in Owen-Smith’s piece is his own. We simply provided evidence in support. A series of prior conversations with Owen-Smith were recorded this past August.


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