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Empowering local communities in Kenya to conserve lions

The African lion is a powerful flagship species synonymous with African rangelands; yet across the continent, lions and other great carnivores are disappearing at an unprecedented rate. Kenya is no exception to this grave trend, with the national population estimated at fewer than 2,000 individuals.

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The dire conservation status of lions in West and Central Africa

Besides elephants, lions are the quintessential symbol of wild Africa, used as icons of strength and power in national flags, coats of arms, historical and contemporary art, and logos of sports teams and private enterprises around the globe.

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Conservation of Asiatic lions: where do we go now?

The Asiatic lions represent a carefree existence to many. Having historically benefitted from royal patronage, they continue to enjoy painstaking protection in the Gir Protected Area. The lions can rest assured that their food security, water availability, habitat suitability and safety are meticulously managed and vitriolically debated in conservation forums.

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Crisis on the Darling

Understanding conflict between aboriginal people and ecologists

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The constant gardener

Out in the wonderfully clear azure seas of the Andaman and Nicobar archipelago, we embarked on a quest to study a little known animal, the dugong, commonly known as the sea cow. Spending about seventy percent of their lives below the surface, dugongs come into view only briefly when they rise up to breathe, once every five to seven minutes; no wonder they are still shrouded in mystery!