24 lions from SA starting new life in Mozambique's Zambezi Delta

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Biggest Lion Relocation - To what Fate?

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Re: Biggest Lion Relocation - To what Fate?

Post by Richprins » Tue Aug 07, 2018 5:39 pm

Have sent it on, Penny. Let's just see, the destination may even be slightly a red herring? Seems ok and it's tough repopulating those huge areas. O-/
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Re: Biggest Lion Relocation - To what Fate?

Post by Richprins » Wed Aug 08, 2018 10:44 am

Got a response from a very senior conservationist, Penny:

Hi RP

First I have heard of it, but it seems legit.

Ivan Carter is a reputable hunter and conservationist. The area where they are going is wilderness with no fences. The lions come from wild populations.

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24 lions from SA starting new life in Mozambique's Zambezi Delta

Post by Lisbeth » Wed Aug 08, 2018 12:10 pm

2018-08-07 10:30 - Gabi Zietsman

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Twenty-four, beautiful big cats have arrived at their new home, thanks to The Cabela Family Foundation.

Co-ordinating one of the biggest lion moves across borders, in partnership with the Ivan Carter Wildlife Conservation Alliance, Zambeze Delta Safaris and Marromeu Safaris, these cats will start their new lives by helping to repopulate the Zambezi Delta in Mozambique.

The wildlife population of the delta was heavily threatened by the Mozambican civil war, and after peace poaching became the new threat. With the help of anti-poaching units and the local community, the non-carnivorous animals had stabilised enough for lions to be returned to the area as the top of the food chain. Carnivores are extremely important to prevent the collapse of biomes.

Wild lions from South Africa's Tembe Elephant Park and Makalali Private Game Reserve were selected to help seed this new population. After being quarantined at Msunduze River Lodge for a period, the lions were sedated and started their journey to Mozambique through Mkuze and Kruger International Airport.

Since their arrival in Mozambique, they have been in quarantine bomas where the different lion groups were socialised to form larger prides, increasing their chances of successfully adjusting to their new environment in the delta.

Since Sunday, five of the 24 have been released so far according to the project's Facebook page, and will continue the rest of the week. The anti-poaching team from Zambeze Delta Safaris has been taking the lead. They have been making vital strides in the conservation of the delta and making it possible for the lions to move to their new 2.5 million-acre home.

According to Club of Mozambique, the lion population is expected to increase to 500 in the space of 30 years, which will contribute to increasing the world's lion population by 10% over the next two decades.

The last big lion relocation was in 2015, when 33 rescued lions were flown from South America to the Emoya Big Cat Sanctuary in South Africa, where they will live out their days as they cannot be rewilded.

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The use of a canvas “stretcher” makes it easier for the humans and more comfortable for the sleeping lion. (Photo: 24 Lions)

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A full plane of lions! Pilot Roger at the wheel and vet Ryan Van Devender on board to keep the girls asleep. (Photo: 24 Lions)

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Mark Haldane and Anton Smit sit with chief Domingo Bichote and welcome the lions to the area. (Photo: 24 Lions)

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Re: 24 lions from SA starting new life in Mozambique's Zambezi Delta

Post by Dindingwe » Wed Aug 15, 2018 3:46 pm

There have been some articles in the mozambican press about this relocation, most of them are very positive about it, including the scientific and conservation community.
At first sight, I would also think it was not a smart idea to put Lions in a hunting area or, more generally, in a country where there is still much poaching.
But the main objective of the operation was to recreate a more natural balance between prey and predator. There were very few predators in the area (some leopards and few hyenas, no lions at all, no cheetahs...). The Lions are not supposed to be hunted (only antelopes and buffaloes) and the private group that has the concession of the area (Zambezi Delta Safari) will monitor the hunting permit. They say also that the hunters prefer to hunt in an area where there are also dangerous animals to have a kind of thrill...
So it is better than it could seem at first sight, even if I would prefer no hunting at all...
By the way, coutadas 10 and 11 are very good places for birding. Never been there.

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Post by Lisbeth » Wed Aug 15, 2018 4:55 pm

Let's hope that all works out well \O
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Post by Richprins » Wed Aug 15, 2018 5:13 pm

\O Dingwe!
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