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According to a new study in Biology Letters, about half of Africa's wild lion populations could decline to near extinction levels over the next 20 to 40 years without critical conservation measures.
If you find yourself alone on the African plains, you may want to be more wary of wild animals, especially just after a full moon.
Lions in Africa and Asia form prides in similar fashion to street gangs in order to protect their territory from other encroaching cats.
An international research team, including University of Minnesota researcher Craig Packer, has found the first clear example of how climate extremes, such as the increased frequency of droughts and floods expected with global warming, can create conditions in which diseases that are tolerated individually may converge and cause mass die-offs of livestock or wildlife.
Attacks on humans by man-eating lions are on the rise in Tanzania and Mozambique, raising the stakes in the conservation game as environmentalists strive to save the big cats from extinction.
Since 1990 lions have killed more than 563 Tanzanians, including nursing mothers, children playing outside their huts and people dragged from their beds.
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