Lion numbers are falling at an alarming rate. New research from Tanzania paints a worrying picture. Scientists show that living close to humans has dramatic effects on the lion population. Is the king of the beasts facing extinction?
"Indigenous and community land rights matter. They matter for improving lives, for justice and equality, and for conservation." – Edward Loure, Tanzanian indigenous rights and environmental activist
Tanzania’s Gerald Bigurube and Madagascar’s Clovis Razafimalala have dedicated their lives to saving their countries’ natural heritage. They are the recipients of this year's annual German Africa Award.
Despite major backlash from conservationists, the Tanzanian government plans to start building a hydropower dam inside a UNESCO-protected wildlife reserve this July. More than 2.6 million trees face the chop.
"The animals we have, there are places in the world, you can't find them. Lions! In the whole of West Africa, you can only find them here!" — Nigerian park ranger Matthias Inagberue asks locals to help protect lions.
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