The challenges facing lions can most effectively be met by uniting community and policy makers with conservation managers, researchers and business leaders. In doing so we can make the best decisions for Africa‚Äôs people, its environment and its wildlife.
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African lion populations might still exist in theoretical numbers to support their conservation status as ‚Äúvulnerable‚Äù by IUCN standards. But analyses of population structure, geographical fragmentation, risks from inbreeding depression and subsequent loss of evolutionary potential, and probable/actual disease threats, provide many additional causes of concern for the long-term viability of this species.
ALERT, while supporting international recommendations, will also be a demanding proponent for relevant African solutions. After all, it is our wildlife heritage, our need to protect and conserve, and our solutions that will be relevant to how African wildlife populations are responsibly managed in the future. We are convinced this is the only positive way forward.
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