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Paul is Panthera’s Lion and Cheetah Programs Senior Director, and manages conservation efforts for both species across the African savanna landscape. Paul is an internationally recognized large carnivore biologist, having worked on lions specifically for 25 years, has published widely on them, and influenced conservation policy in many African countries. His PhD focused on the hunting and social behavior of male lions, a subject matter still important to Paul as male lions are key to maintaining connectivity between populations of lions. Paul has spent time in the field with many lion researchers across the African landscape, and has intimate knowledge of the threats facing lions and how these can best be mitigated. He is both very practical and hands on, while also able to think big and push for improvements for large cats. Having started his career studying lion social behavior and ecology, Paul is Panthera’s leading champion trying to save lions in the wild and return several key populations to former levels.