Great News from Cecil’s pride
David Macdonald reports that after a few days concern that Jericho had not been seen for a while (the same old needle-in-a-haystack problem) and hadn’t been moving, on the morning of the 3rd November our Field Coordinator Brent Staplekamp tracked him down, replete from gorging on a baby elephant that had been killed by a train while crossing the tracks just outside the park. As you can see from the photo, Jericho is looking as gorgeous as ever.
Meanwhile, Andy Loveridge and I have spent an intense week in Zimbabwe, discussing the future of lion conservation with colleagues from the five bordering KAZA countries – Zimbabwe, Botswana, Zambia, Namibia and Angola: the lions are oblivious to these national borders and planning for their conservation must take a trans-frontier perspective. The challenges are great, but the meeting was attended by government officials, NGOs and researchers, all pulling together to solve the problems of lion conservation.