Navigation Links
Lions are critically endangered in West Africa
Date:1/9/2014

ly 5 countries, Senegal, Nigeria and a single trans-frontier population on the shared borders of Benin, Niger and Burkina Faso. They are genetically distinct from the better-known lions of famous game parks in East and southern Africa. Recent molecular research shows they are closely related to the extinct "Barbary Lions" which once roamed North Africa, as well as to the last Asiatic lions surviving in India.

"West African lions have unique genetic sequences not found in any other lions, including in zoos or captivity," explained Dr. Christine Breitenmoser, the co-chair of the IUCN/SCC Cat Specialist Group, which determines the conservation status of wild cats around the world. "If we lose the lion in West Africa, we will lose a unique, locally adapted population found no-where else. It makes their conservation even more urgent."

Lions have disappeared across Africa as human populations and their livestock herds have grown, competing for land with lions and other wildlife. Wild savannas are converted for agriculture and cattle, the lion's natural prey is hunted out and lions are killed by pastoralists fearing the loss of their herds.

National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence and BCI co-founder Dereck Joubert commented, "Every survey we do is inaccurate because as soon as you complete it, it is already out of date; the declines are so rapid. It is a terribly sad state of affairs when you can very accurately count the lions in an area because there are so few of them. This is critical work that again confirms that we are underestimating the rate of decline of lion populations and that the situation requires a global emergency intervention."

Today, fewer than 35,000 lions remain in Africa in about 25% of the species' original range. In West Africa, the lion now survives in less than 50,000km2 - smaller than half the size of New York State - and only 1% of its original historic range in the region.


Contact: Susie Weller
sweller@panthera.org
347-446-9904
Panthera
Source:Eurekalert  

Page: 1 2 3

Related biology news :

1. Inventor honored for bridging innovation and humanitarianism to help millions globally
2. Millions of diabetics could die of tuberculosis
3. Using millions of years of cell evolution in the fight against cancer
4. New study reveals lions are rapidly losing ground in Africa
5. A giant puzzle with billions of pieces
6. Using millions of gigs of data to improve human health
7. New report confirms almost half of Africas lions facing extinction
8. Pig wasting syndrome costing farmers millions
9. The equine Adam lived fairly recently: Close relationships among modern stallions
10. Progress in introducing cleaner cook stoves for billions of people worldwide
11. US urban trees store carbon, provide billions in economic value
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Lions are critically endangered in West Africa
(Date:8/20/2014)... Arizona State University, the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute and ... isolated Mycobacterium pinnipedii from skeletons found in ... pathogen is a relative of the TB bacterium that ... today. These researchers assume that seals carried the pathogens ... sea lions was unexpected" comments Sebastien Gagneux, from the ...
(Date:8/20/2014)... Multiple fires are visible in in this image of ... Many of these were most likely intentionally set in ... of a forest or stand of trees where the ... of deforestation include conversion of forestland to farms, ranches, ... the dark green of the Amazon Rainforest in the ...
(Date:8/20/2014)... population-based screening outcomes of approximately 3 million infants, a ... at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, have shown ... be successfully implemented across public health newborn screening programs. ... Aug. 20 issue of the Journal of the ... rate of SCID in newborns is higher than previously ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):Newborn screening expansion offers early diagnosis and treatment to infants with SCID 2Newborn screening expansion offers early diagnosis and treatment to infants with SCID 3
... Source of Salmonella Contamination on Pig Farms Commercial ... commercial swine production units, according to a paper in the ... Microbiology . Moreover, nearly half of isolates found in pigs ... a source of human infection. They also strongly question the ...
... from the University of California, San Diego have ... they created an artificial environment for stem ... electrical cues necessary for stem cell growth and ... is critical for realizing the promises of stem-cell-based ...
... acoustics (the "science of sound") have over the years developed ... oceans. This week, many of these acoustic researchers will come ... April,s Deepwater Horizon oil spill, to present new data on ... development that could improve our ability to detect oil in ...
Cached Biology News:Tips from the journals of the American Society for Microbiology 2Tips from the journals of the American Society for Microbiology 3Tips from the journals of the American Society for Microbiology 4Tips from the journals of the American Society for Microbiology 5Tips from the journals of the American Society for Microbiology 6Bioengineers provide adult stem cells with simultaneous chemical, electrical and mechanical cues 2Bioengineers provide adult stem cells with simultaneous chemical, electrical and mechanical cues 3Bioengineers provide adult stem cells with simultaneous chemical, electrical and mechanical cues 4Listening for ocean spills and their ecological effects 2Listening for ocean spills and their ecological effects 3
(Date:8/19/2014)... Research and Markets  has announced the addition of ... Report" report to their offering. This report ... US$ Thousands by the following Product Segments: Media, Sera, and Reagents. ... Canada , Japan , ... Latin America . Annual estimates and forecasts are provided ...
(Date:8/19/2014)... 19, 2014 XenoTech announces an ... cost-effective metabolite production from bioactive small molecules. ... the technology enables convenient and timely assessment of ... XenoTech’s Vice President of Commercial Operations, Christian Darabant, ... clinical risk can be measured directly by comparison ...
(Date:8/19/2014)... Aug. 19, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - iCo Therapeutics Inc. ("iCo" ... reported results of its Oral Amphotericin B (Oral ... The study, conducted by ImmuneCarta®, the immune monitoring ... effectiveness of Oral Amp B in reactivating ... individuals despite intensive treatment with antiretroviral therapy. ...
(Date:8/18/2014)... 18, 2014 BioElectronics Corporation (OTC ... medical devices said that its EVP Dr. ... CEOLIVE.TV as part of its Executive Interview ... available at http://ceolive.tv/bioelectronics-corp-otc-biel/biel-videos/2282-ceolive-tv-interview-bioelectronics-corp-otcqb-biel ... investors the unique advantages of BioElectronics patented ...
Breaking Biology Technology:Global Cell and Tissue Culture Supplies - Strategic Business Report 2014 2Beyond Metabolite Identification, Testable Quantities Now Offered by XenoTech 2Beyond Metabolite Identification, Testable Quantities Now Offered by XenoTech 3iCo Therapeutics Announces Positive Oral Amphotericin B Study Results 2iCo Therapeutics Announces Positive Oral Amphotericin B Study Results 3BioElectronics EVP Dr. Deepak Kotak Interviewed on CEO Live 2BioElectronics EVP Dr. Deepak Kotak Interviewed on CEO Live 3
... (Nasdaq: MNKD ), focused on discovering, developing and,commercializing ... present at the Wachovia Healthcare Conference on January 30, ... Boston, MA., Interested parties can access a link ... Investor Relations section of the Company,s website at, http://www.mannkindcorp.com ...
... a biotechnology company discovering and developing the next wave of,antibody therapeutics, today ... year end 2007 results at 8:00 a.m. (Eastern,Time) on Tuesday, January 29, ... issued at 7:00 a.m. prior to the call., DATE: ... Tuesday, January 29, 2008, TIME: ...
... Jan. 25 AMDL, Inc. (Amex:,ADL), headquartered ... and Jilin China, through its wholly owned ... company that, together,with Jade, engages in the ... care and diagnostic products. It today,announced that ...
Cached Biology Technology:ARIUS to Hold Fourth Quarter and Year End 2007 Conference Call 2AMDL Signs 100 Strategic Cooperation Agreements in China for Its JPGreen Clinics; Gross Sales Per Each Location Could Exceed $400,000 2