21 Dec

BBC Interview: Dr. Luke Hunter on Reintroduction of Wild Vs. Captive Lions as a Conservation Tool


Listen to a fascinating BBC Radio 4 'Saving Species' segment featuring an interview with Panthera Exec VP, Dr. Luke Hunter, on why reintroducing captive-bred lions into wild African habitats is unlikely to make any impact on wild lion conservation. Learn about why Dr. Hunter believes the key to successful reintroduction efforts lies in using wild-born lions, taking into account the long learning curve needed for cubs to discover how to hunt, create spatial maps outlining where danger, prey and water exists, and master other strategies necessary to survive in the wild.  The program begins at the 5:08 mark & Dr. Hunter's interview begins at 16:28.

Read a similar story by Dr. Hunter in The Huffington Post – Walking with Lions: The Myth of Conservation.

Read the latest survey results about lion populations in West and Central Africa in Lion status updates from five range countries in West and Central AfricaSee our July newsletter for a story on this survey.

Learn about Panthera’s Project Leonardo and the Lion Guardians Program.

Read Panthera’s Lion Report Card - The State of the Lion.