Wildlize African Wildlife Conservation Foundation Consolidates Sub-Saharan Lion Conservation Project

Top Quote Wildize African Wildlife Conservation Foundation has consolidated its sub-Saharan Lion Conservation project. It has co-ordinated several on-ground projects to check the causes that are responsible for the killing of lions. The foundation is funding several studies in different parts of Africa to check the declining number of lions. End Quote
  • Colorado Springs, CO (1888PressRelease) January 04, 2012 - Wildize African Wildlife Conservation Foundation has consolidated the Sub-Saharan Lion Conservation project to check the declining number of lions. The foundation has co-ordinated several on-ground projects along with new projects. Although the foundation is handling and supporting several projects at different places in Africa but the base of the project is Kenya where the number of lions has dropped drastically. In Kenya alone, the population of lions has reduced by an average of 100 lions per year and is a great cause of worry for the nation.

    In order to combat these problems, Wildize decided to go for the consolidation. Under this wildlife conservation project, the foundation has taken up several measures to find out ways to stop the killing of lions. Currently it has undertaken a captive study in Botswana with 20 lions as study subjects. Meat baits are being used to predict the predatory responses of the lions towards the cattle. This study is being carried out to show that the CTA (Conditioned Taste Aversion) treatment is effective in inhibiting future conflicts between predators and farmers. The study is being conducted under Denver Zoo Associate Researchers Bill Given and Glyn Maude.

    Wildize has also funded the building of a large enclosure within the Tsavo National Park. This enclosure has been built away from the humans and livestock and the lions are fed and trained with live bait. Apart from this After implementation of CTA in Botswana, the foundation is now working with the Kenya Wildlife Service to initiate the CTA protocol in Kenya.

    Wildize has enhanced its work elsewhere in Botswana where it is funding an African Predator Conservation Research Organization(APCRO) which is carrying out a study on large carnivores. The study aims at understanding the cause of emerging disease transmission and underlying reasons for disease break out in carnivores. With few more similar projects in hand, the foundation continues to expand its on-going sub-Saharan Lion Conservation Project.

    For more information about African wildlife conservation Projects please visit http://www.wildize.org/projects or call 970-923-1795

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