Jump to content
  • entries
    48
  • comment
    1
  • views
    2,725

Pre-release training


David Youldon

62 views

Download the latest newsletter (c. 0.9 mb) at

August newsletter

This month's issue includes...

• Perhaps the most incredible tale to come out of stage one came on the 12th July when 13-month old Leya brought down a giraffe...
• Just as all the excitement from Leya’s latest kill was dying down…
• Soriah kick-starts the Ss Night Encounter careers…
• The 5Ls complete Night Encounter and Luangwa comes out on top...
• 3T’s first Character Walks...
• Behavioural and physical monitoring into the effects of FIV in African lions…
• Elephant research in the Mosi-oa-Tunya Nationa Park…
• Kwali meets the gang…
• Urban agriculture…
• Zambezi National Park Game Count …
• The last roar…the hunting issue

Pre-release training is the vital element of our stage one program. The latest spate of successful hunts reflects our improving techniques in this area whilst we also focus on understanding the complex social aspects of pride life.

ALERT, in partnership with the wildlife veterinary trust AWARE are currently preparing a program to disease test the lions of Zimbabwe’s Gonarezhou National Park in response to the discovery of bovine tuberculosis in buffalo here earlier this year which could spell disaster for the remnant lion population as well as other species prone to infection from bTB. In addition, as the Park is due to form part of the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park the results will have a profound impact on the evolution of the TFCA’s management.

If you would like to assist in funding this vital work please contact us as info@lionalert.org for more details.

Work is progressing quickly on construction of the release areas in Dambwa Forest with an anticipated completion of the first site by the end of November 2009 looking likely at this point. We are hoping that the area will be complete before the rains come and coinciding with the readiness of Kela, Kwandi and Loma to commence their Night Encounter campaign – which judging on the latest hunting success of Kwandi will be quite something to see.

In a few days time a delegation from Ghana will be visiting our programs in Zimbabwe and Zambia as we continue discussions on developing a national species strategy for lions in the country and we are in the final stages of negotiation to commence filming of the long-awaited documentary in September to November this year.

As the number of programs increases things remain hectic at all project locations and to be honest we are struggling to keep up with the demand for information about the program from all corners of the globe. Universities, research groups, governmental groups, documentary film-makers and sponsors are having to form an orderly queue at this point, so please accept ALERT's apologies for the delays in responding to specific requests and getting the updates out.

0 Comments


Recommended Comments

There are no comments to display.

×
×
  • Create New...

Important Information

Safaritalk uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By using Safaritalk you agree to our use of cookies. If you wish to refuse the setting of cookies you can change settings on your browser to clear and block cookies. However, by doing so, Safaritalk may not work properly and you may not be able to access all areas. If you are happy to accept cookies and haven't adjusted browser settings to refuse cookies, Safaritalk will issue cookies when you log on to our site. Please also take a moment to read the Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy: Terms of Use l Privacy Policy