Image: Wikipedia

Zimbabwe to Kill 200 Lions Due to Overpopulation

Share:

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on pinterest
Share on linkedin
Share on reddit

Bubye Valley Conservancy might have to kill 200 lions to bring the population down to sustainable levels. One of the largest wildlife reserves in Zimbabwe, Bubye – it spans 850,000 acres – now has over 500 lions, which are creating problems for other wildlife populations on the reserve. The overpopulation of the lions has lead to decimated numbers of antelope, giraffe, cheetah, leopards and wild dogs. A dry season has made these smaller game easy targets due to low grass.

The circumstances Bubye  finds itselfs in are being blamed on “the Cecil effect,” according to National Post. This refers to the massive outcry that resulted when U.S. dentist Walter Palmer killed Cecil the lion, a popular resident of Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe.

Image: buzzpo.com
Image: buzzpo.com

Vilifying Palmer and forcing him into hiding has lead other big-game hunters to fear being made into villains, should they go to Zimbabwe. As a result, the reduced population control has created many more problems.

“Plummeting oil prices have further led to a drop in the number of visitors from U.S. states such as Texas, from where traditionally large numbers of hunters go to Zimbabwe,” from National Post.

An appeal has been made to other wildlife sanctuaries and institutions in hopes of them taking the excess lions and giving them a home.

“I wish we could give about 200 of our lions away to ease the overpopulation,” said Bubye Valley Conservancy general manager, Blondie Leathem. “If anyone knows of a suitable habitat for them where they will not land up in human conflict, or in wildlife areas where they will not be beaten up because of existing prides, please let us know and help us raise the money to move them.”

Image: The Telegraph
Image: The Telegraph

Unfortunately, reserves like Bubye rely on money they make from big game hunting in order to properly support wildlife work.

It appears that the anger of the public has actually ended up hurting those it intended to protect.

 

Share:

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on pinterest
Share on linkedin
Share on reddit
On Key

Related Posts

Colorful dubai marina skyline, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Outdооr Lіfе іn Thе Unіtеd Arаb Emіrаtеѕ

Dubаі іѕ nоt thе оnlу Unіtеd Arаb Emіrаtеѕ nation thаt іѕ a rаріdlу grоwіng as trаvеl dеѕtіnаtіоn, аѕ mоrе аnd mоrе trаvеlеrѕ аrе nоw vіѕіtіng Abu Dhаbі.  Thіѕ wоndеrful tоurіѕt dеѕtіnаtіоn hаѕ a lоt tо оffеr vіѕіtоrѕ аnd уоu wіll сеrtаіnlу nоt bе bоrеd durіng уоur ѕtау. If уоu аrе planning a vіѕіt, thеrе аrе

Group of girls and a dog fishing on a lake

Family Fishing Guide

With moms and dads busy working for the family, everyone tired of doing household chores and kids mentally drained absorbing  lessons for their school subjects, it’s just time to consider doing some family outdoor activities. One pastime that the whole family may consider is fishing. Although it looks boring, it has lots of benefits to

Scroll to Top

join the Outdoors360 Federation

Subscribe now