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Lion numbers could be halved across Africa by 2035, study warns

Jun 28th 2018, 1:14 am
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Lion populations could be halved across much of the African continent within 20 years, with those in west Africa in danger of being wiped out due to hunting and humans' increasing need for cultivated land, a new study says.

The 20-year study, to be published by the US Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) journal, sounds the alarm over the future of Africa's estimated total of 20,000 of the big cats.

The only exceptions are the intensively managed populations in the southern countries of Botswana, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe, where lion numbers are increasing.

A new study says lions are critically endangered in western Africa, and should be listed as "regionally endangered" in Central and East Africa, where these females were seen resting in the storied Masai-Mara Game reserve on August 7, 2003

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