Saving lions in Angola

This November 2013 video says about itself:

GoPro: Lions – The New Endangered Species?

The GoPro production crew journeys to Africa to explore the danger and beauty of Kevin Richardson’s passions for lions and their future.

From Wildlife Extra:

Angola signs historic agreement to protect its lions

The African lion has been awarded new protection in Angola with the signing of a significant conservation agreement between the government of Angola and Panthera, the global wild cat conservation organisation.

Angola’s Minister of the Environment, Fátima Jardim, presided over the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Panthera’s Senior Lion Program Director, Dr Paul Funston, and the Director General of the Angolan Ministry of the Environment’s National Institute of Biodiversity and Conservation Areas, Dr Helidoro Abambres.

Through this agreement, both parties have committed to collaboratively undertake conservation initiatives to map the presence of lions in Angola and assess the size and condition of the country’s existing lion populations.

“This is a huge milestone for the lions of Angola,” says Dr Funston. “The KAZA (Kavango-Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area) region is home to one of Africa’s largest lion populations and is therefore crucial in our work to save the lion.

“This MOU signifies a new beginning for conservation in Angola and a significant step forward in Panthera’s ongoing work in KAZA.”

Supported by the Angolan Ministry of Environment, Panthera will begin by conducting a comprehensive lion population survey in the 84,000 sq km of the KAZA in southeast Angola, and implementing conservation training for local scientists.

Stretching across Namibia, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Angola, and Botswana, KAZA comprises the largest transboundary conservation region in the world.

Nearly a century ago, as many as 200,000 lions roamed Africa; today surveys estimate that approximately 20,000 remain across the entire continent.

Highly threatened by conflict with local people, poaching for the illegal wildlife trade, habitat loss and fragmentation and the illegal bushmeat trade, lions are precariously teetering on the brink of extinction.

Through Project Leonardo, Panthera aims to bring lion populations back to a minimum of 30,000 lions by mitigating these threats.

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