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July 2002

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Can Hunting Save Lions?

For years, conservationists have worried about the number of African lions killed each year by trophy hunters. Last year, Botswana acted to protect the future of its Kalahari lions by banning all hunting, including that done by farmers shooting stock-raiding cats. Big-game hunters oppose the ban, as do some wildlife biologists who believe that the lion population in and around Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park is healthy and stable enough to allow controlled hunting.

Web Links

Botswana Department of Tourism
Read about Kgalagadi, the first official transfrontier park in Africa.

Peace Parks Foundation
View an interactive geographic information systems (GIS) map of transfrontier conservation areas in southern Africa.

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Funston, Paul. “On the Edge: Dying and Living in the Kalahari,” Africa Geographic (September 2001), 60-66.

Godwin, Peter. “Without Borders: United Africa’s Wildlife Reserves,” National Geographic (September 2001), 2-31.

Joubert, Dereck. The Lions of Savuti: Hunting With the Moon. National Geographic Society, 1997.

Kat, Pieter W., and Chris Harvey. Prides: The Lions of Moremi. Smithsonian Institution Press, 2000.

Laws, Greg. “Kalahari Transfrontier Lions,” Africa—Environment & Wildlife (July/August1999), 26-35.

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