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Kenya’s Lions Could Vanish Within 10 Years

September 16, 2009
clipped from www.newscientist.com

Kenya’s lions could vanish within 10 years

The future looks bleak (Image: Design Pics Inc / Rex Features)
“Lions are disappearing so fast from Kenya, as well as the rest of Africa, that I think they will disappear [from Kenya] in less than 10 years if action is not taken very quickly,” says
Laurence Frank, a wildlife biologist at cat conservation group Panthera

The IUCN suggests that large lion populations of 50 to 100 prides are necessary to conserve genetic diversity and avoid inbreeding.

Frank says that the decline of the big cats is due to the inexorable growth in human population and consequent conflict with people over livestock, rather than disease.

Vast areas of Kenyan rangelands that held lions 20 years ago are now devoid of nearly all wildlife
people lace cattle corpses with insecticide in order to poison entire prides. This ends up killing hyenas and birds of prey too.
The fact that Kenya is suffering a devastating drought isn’t helping matters
Across the continent, the future looks bleak for lions.
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