Researchers have discovered a ‘secret colony of lions’ in West Ethiopia. While exploring the Alatash National Park, Researchers from Oxford’s Wildlife Conservation Research Unit came across the secret population of lions, close to Sudan border.
Dr Hans Bauer, the famous wildlife conservationist from Oxford University led the expedition.
“During my professional career I have had to revise the lion distribution map many times. I have deleted one population after the other. This is the first and probably the last time that I’m putting a new one up there.” Bauer said in a statement to News Scientist.
Bauer said that the area of 10,000 square kilometres could have 200 lions. The area could face threats than any other countries. Strong management operation by Ethiopian government will help secure the area.
Today only 10% of the lions are left in Africa, which have declined since 1999. Roughly 20,000 lions are left in the wildlife. According to a study by International Union for Conservation of Nature, there will be no sign of lions in few decades if things won’t change.
With the lion-population decreasing in West and Central Africa, this discovery is a wonderful news for the wildlife campaigners.
Born Free Foundation’s programmes manager, Mark Jones said in a report by BBC that the discovery will help explore the existence of lions in other areas. It will help protect the lions and will also help educate the locals about saving them.
Cecil, Zimbabwe’s famous lion, who was killed by an American dentist caused global outrage among animal conservationists and politicians. The lion was an attraction in Hwange National Park in Matabeleland North. Walter Palmer, paid $55,000 for hunting the lion.
He said:“I had no idea that the lion I took was a known, local favorite, was collared and part of a study until the end of the hunt. I relied on the expertise of my local professional guides to ensure a legal hunt.