Lion discovery in Ethiopia


This 1 February 2016 video is called Lions rediscovered in Ethiopia‘s Alatash game park.

From New Scientist:

1 February 2016

Hidden population of up to 200 lions found in remote Ethiopia

In the savannah of Alatash National Park, the lion sleeps tonight.

This remote part of north-west Ethiopia was considered a possible habitat for lions, but it is seldom visited by people.

Now an expedition by the University of Oxford’s Conservation Research Unit has discovered that lions are indeed alive and well in the park – a rare extension of their known range.

“During my professional career I have had to revise the lion distribution map many times,” says Hans Bauer, who led the expedition. “I have deleted one population after the other. This is the first and probably the last time that I’m putting a new one up there.”

To spot the lions, Bauer and his team set up camera traps on a dry river bed.

“While I was walking to find some trees to put the camera on, I already saw some footprints,” says Bauer. “That was the eureka moment when I was sure that there really are lions.”

Caught on camera

Then it was a case of catching them on film, and on the second night, the lions obliged.

Alatash is adjacent to a much larger national park in Sudan, Dinder National Park. Bauer believes it’s likely there are lions there as well, with perhaps 100 to 200 individuals in the two parks combined.

About 20,000 lions are left in the wild across Africa. Lion populations in west and central Africa are declining, and may halve in 20 years.

Bauer thinks the lions of Alatash face fewer threats than many populations.

“The situation is fairly positive,” he says. “I think the fact that the Ethiopian government recently made it a national park is a giant leap forward. Now we have to support them in improving park management, but I think they’re taking it very seriously.”

Read more: Last of the lions

Stop lion trophy hunting, first step


This video is called African Lions-lions documentary 2015 –National Geographic HD.

From LionAid:

Tuesday 22nd December 2015

The listing of African lions by the USFWS is a welcome step forward for lion conservation.

For the first time, lion trophy hunting will be assessed as to whether it has a positive impact on the conservation of the species.

LionAid believes that these stricter rules imposed on US trophy hunters, who currently are responsible for over 60 per cent of African wild lion hunts, will have a significant positive impact on lion populations which have for far too long been hunted without due care to a species already in catastrophic decline.

A fantastic way to end the year!

Thank you Daily Express for your coverage of this important news item.

Stop lion killing, British Parliament debate


This video from Zimbabwe says about itself:

26 July 2015

Footage of Cecil the iconic lion of Hwange with his pride. Tragically killed illegally in July 2015. R.I.P Cecil.

From LionAid in Britain:

URGENT CALL TO ACTION!!!!!!

Thursday 19th November 2015

NO MORE CECILS

We have just been informed that LionAid have secured a Debate in the UK Parliament, calling for the UK to reject any further involvement in either canned hunting or trophy hunting of wild lions for sport.

We are delighted that that the Rt Hon David Jones MP will deliver this Adjournment Debate in Westminster Hall on the 24th November at 4pm.

We now need everyone in the UK who was horrified by the slaying of Cecil the Lion in Zimbabwe to contact their MP as soon as possible, urging attendance at this important Debate. Let your MP know that this is an important matter for you and you would like your MP to represent you at the Debate, urging a cessation of any further lion trophy imports into the UK.

You can find your MP here.

There is not much time as the Debate is this coming Tuesday but if you contact your MP as soon as possible by phone or email, you CAN make sure that your MP attends this Debate.

Just two days ago, France became the first EU Member State and the second world nation (after Australia) to ban the import of lion trophies. Let us work now to convince the UK Government to bring in a ban to match that of France.

Indeed, Grant Shapps was quoted as saying that Cecil’s death was barbaric and that the UK were keen to outlaw such practices. Now is the time for all the MPs that represent you all to be in Westminster Hall on Tuesday at 4pm and add their condemnation of lion trophies being allowed into the UK.

On Friday next week, the UK Premiere of Blood Lions will be screened at the Royal Geographical Society. This documentary shows in dramatic detail the hideous industry of canned lion hunting. It shocks everyone who sees it.

Let us now seize the initiative and make every effort to convince the UK to do the honourable thing and BAN ALL FURTHER IMPORTS OF LION TROPHIES ONTO UK SOIL.

LionAid will, of course, be in attendance at the Debate on Tuesday and we hope that with your help now, we can make sure that very many MPS attend and make their voices heard.

This video from Zimbabwe says about itself:

Cecil’s Cubs – His Legacy

28 July 2015

Video footage of Cecil’s Cubs and [lioness] Gracie.

Frozen cave lion cubs discovery in Siberia


This video says about itself:

Extinct cave lions, almost perfectly preserved, discovered in Siberia

27 October 2015

The bodies of two extinct cave lion cubs from at least 10,000 years ago have been recovered in Russia’s Sakha Republic, almost perfectly preserved in permafrost, The Siberian Times reports.

From the Siberian Times in Russia:

WORLD EXCLUSIVE – Meet this extinct cave lion, at least 10,000 years old

By Anastasia Koryakina

26 October 2015

‘Sensational’ find of two cubs, the best preserved ever seen in the world, announced today.

The unprecedented discovery of the ancient predator was made this summer in the Sakha Republic, also known as Yakutia. The cave lions were almost perfectly preserved in permafrost and could be much older.

The Siberian Times is proud to be working with the Academy of Sciences of Yakutia which will introduce the cubs properly at a presentation to the Russian and international media in late November.

Along with the two lions, paleontologists will also show other Pleistocene animals preserved by ice in this vast region, the largest and coldest in the Russian Federation. Among these will be the famous woolly mammoth Yuka, the ‘Oimyakon‘ mammoth, the carcass of a Kolyma woolly rhinoceros, and Yukagir bison and horses.

The cave lions – Panthera spelaea (Goldfuss) – lived during Middle and Late Pleistocene times on the Eurasian continent, from the British Isles to Chukotka in the extreme east of Russia, and they also roamed Alaska and northwestern Canada. The extinct creatures were close relatives of modern Afro-Asiatic lions.

Finds of their remains are rare: today’s announcement about the existence of the pair is coupled with the confident claim that they are the best preserved ever unearthed in the world.

Full details will be given at the presentation in November, including the first results of research into the lions.

Previously, only fragments of carcasses, parts of skeletons and individual bones had been found. Until now, in Yakutia, only skulls, some teeth and bones were unearthed which has prevented scientists having more than an approximate image of the extinct creature.

Like other ancient animals, the cave lion became extinct: research on the two cubs could help to explain why they died out around 10,000 years ago, since the animal had few predators, was smaller than herbivores, and was not prone to getting bogged down in swamps, as did woolly mammoths and rhinos. One theory is a decline in deer and cave bears, their prey, caused their demise.

‘The find is sensational, no doubt,’ said a source close to the discovery. It is known the remains are free of dangerous infections such as anthrax following initial microbiological analysis, but no other significant details or pictures will be released before the presentation.

See also here.