Niassa lions benefit from elephant poaching

2015-07-09 18:07

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Johannesburg - A conservationist says the lion population has increased in a major wildlife park in Mozambique partly because heavy poaching of elephants has provided the carnivores with a bounty of carcasses to eat.

Conservationist Colleen Begg said in an email to The Associated Press that lions in Niassa National Reserve are "getting huge amounts of meat" from dead elephants as well as calves that are easy prey after poachers kill adult elephants.

Begg of the Niassa Carnivore Project says surveys put the number of lions in Niassa in northern Mozambique at between 950 and nearly 1 200 in 2012, a significant increase over the last decade. Another count will be conducted this year.

The increase in the number of lions in Niassa contrasts with declines in lion populations elsewhere in Africa.

Read more on:    mozambique  |  southern africa  |  conservation

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.