Seeing Lions in a Different Light

Desert-adapted lion cubs, Omatendeka Conservancy.

How lions are perceived by the communities living alongside them is critical to implementing successful lion conservation. In a recently released article, “Seeing Lions in a Different Light,” John Heydinger provides insight into the challenges conservancy farmers face living alongside lions. This short article, which can be found in the Namibia Chamber of Environment‘s annual publication, Conservation and the Environment in Namibia, is based on intensive social surveys among conservancy members within the core range of Namibia’s desert-adapted lions. Most revealing, conservancy members contextualize lion numbers and human-lion conflict in certain ways, linked to the region’s history and environmental politics. A more thorough treatment of the topic is currently being published by Cambridge University Press. A draft is available here, on the Lion Rangers site.

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