Mr Liomba-Junior Mathe

I’m Liomba-Junior Mathe, and I come from Hwange, a small mining town located in South-Western Zimbabwe. I grew up with my two sisters who are both teachers, and my mother works at a local hospital as a nurse. Having attained a University degree in BSc Biological Sciences, I then joined the Hwange Lion Research project […]

David’s thoughts

The collected musings of WildCRU’s Founder and Director, Professor David Macdonald, Professor of Wildlife Conservation, Department of Zoology, University of Oxford. David Macdonald explains how the WildCRU’s long-term study of lions and the people living alongside them in Hwange NP, and the team led by Andrew Loveridge, has revealed how predator ecology and animal husbandry […]

Cecil’s pride – NoBhuhle (Beautiful)

As the Christmas holidays approach, David Macdonald has more good news from Cecil’s pride Followers of our lion study in Hwange will realise that the WildCRU team is striving to monitor the private lives of the lionesses and cubs now overseen by the aging male, Jericho, Cecil’s former coalition partner. For some time we have […]

Are Cecil’s grand offspring on the way? David Macdonald reports that a 4 and a half year old male lion, nicknamed Xanda, which the WildCRU team has monitored since his cubhood is almost certainly one of Cecil’s sons

Last week Xanda was seen mating repeatedly with lionesses from the so-called Backpans Pride – pregnancy in lions lasts about 110 days, so all being well Cecil’s grand offspring should be around in March. Actually, as followers of our News Items will remember, while Andy Loveridge and I started the Hwange Lion Project in 1999, […]

Mr Matthew Wijers

In 2010 I volunteered for WildCRU’s Hwange Lion Project in Zimbabwe. During this time, I developed a keen interest for wildlife conservation and research. I then went on to complete a BSc in Conservation Ecology at Stellenbosch University in South Africa where my final-year project focussed on African wild dog denning behaviour in the Save […]

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