Chad: ‘Extinct’ lion identified in national forest|World News


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    The lion has actually been identified in Chad’s Sena Oura National Park (Picture: Elliot Wagland)

    A lion thought to be extinct has actually been identified in a national forest for the very first time in almost 20 years.

    The ‘very healthy’ lioness has actually been seen in Chad’s Sena Oura National Park, an area which has actually seen a duration of ‘ruthless and organised poaching’ in the past.

    But her existence is an early indication lion numbers in the location might be on the boost once again.

    ‘The photo shows a prime, very healthy adult lioness, around five years old,’ WCS Big Cat Programme executive director Luke Hunter informed the BBC.

    ‘I am sure she is not alone,’ he stated.

    The picture is from February however was just launched on Thursday and was taken by a remote cam in the safeguarded location.

    ‘This is hugely encouraging because prime females are the foundation of any lion population, and they are not big wanderers: they inhabit areas that have prey and are safe to raise their cubs in,’ stated Dr Hunter.

    Lions had actually been categorized as ‘technically extinct’ in Sena Oura having actually not been seen there considering that 2004.

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    The area of where the lioness has actually been discovered in Chad

    The WCS states the area ‘saw a period of ruthless, organised poaching more than a decade ago, but has since benefitted from a very strong commitment to conservation by the governments of both Cameroon and Chad’.

    ‘This has produced better protection of the national parks and wildlife populations are now starting to recover,’ the organisation included.

    There have to do with 22,000-24,000 lions left in the wild, most of which reside in east and south Africa.

    In west and main Africa there are less than 1,000 lions and they are classified as ‘especially endangered and precious’.

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