challenging conflict between humans and large carnivores involves the African
lion. There are no wildlife ecosystems that are completely fenced in Africa. Lions attack thousands of livestock throughout the continent, and over
a hundred people are killed by lions in southern Tanzania, and northern
Mozambique every year.
less than 50,000 lions remaining in Africa. A quarter of them are found in four
large, well-protected ecosystems: Serengeti, Okavango/Chobe, Selous, and
Kruger. The rest of the population are exposed to varying levels of human
contact and may not survive until the next century without intensive
studies in eastern and southern Africa have shown three consistent patterns:
- Humans directly retaliate against lions for killing
livestock – poisons are widely used.
- Traditional practices of livestock husbandry reduce
but do not eliminate the risk of lion attacks.
- Far fewer livestock are lost to lions than to
disease or drought.
findings suggest that human-lion conflict might be managed to produce an
acceptable level of risk to local communities.
it’s clearly urgent to identify effective, low-cost mediation strategies to
help people and to ensure conservation.
Strategies for Human-Lion Conflict in Kenya
helped a large community in the Rift Valley of Laikipia County, Kenya, address
and mitigate lion conflicts – after an injured lioness attacked livestock and
fatally mauled a woman.
I support Little Blue
Society's efforts to safely and efffectively deal with human-lion conflicts, and to promote conservation of the African Lion.