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The Dangers of Reintroducing Lions and Other Carnivores for Ecotourism

Monday, March 16, 2015 12:00 am EDT

Ecotourism has motivated efforts to reintroduce lions to landscapes where they were not previously common. A new analysis conducted after 4 lions were reintroduced into the fenced Tembe Elephant Park, South Africa, reveals that lions might compete with humans in winter, spring, and autumn and with endemic herbivores in all seasons but winter.

Despite the use of fencing to limit conflicts, communities that reintroduce carnivores continually balance the rewards associated with ecotourism and the risks to human safety and species conservation. The findings are published in the Journal of Zoology.

Millspaugh, J. J., Rittenhouse, C. D., Montgomery, R. A., Matthews, W. S. and Slotow, R. (2015), Resource selection modeling reveals potential conflicts involving reintroduced lions in Tembe Elephant Park, South Africa. Journal of Zoology. doi: 10.1111/jzo.12224


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