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Skeletal lion

Starved after chewing off his left paw

 

This lion in Zambia was caught in a bushmeat snare. The lion chewed off his paw to escape and subsequently starved almost to death. He was shot by a hunter to alleviate his suffering – not sure whether he nevertheless became a “trophy”. Skeletal lion 2

Bushmeat poaching is out of control in many areas of Africa. Countless NGOs make patrols and collect snares, but snares re-appear in short order as the poachers themselves are rarely caught. We have advocated disabling the snares but leaving them in place to catch the poachers when they come to check their “catch”….

So far this has fallen on deaf ears it would seem.

But we must find better ways to prevent bushmeat poaching. It has only escalated over the years, and it is not only lions that suffer the consequences.

 

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Add a comment | Posted by Chris Macsween at 15:18

Richard Bonham

Well done Richard !!

 

Richard Bonham was honoured yesterday with The Prince William Award for Conservation in Africa. Richard has worked tirelessly for years through his Big Life Foundation to prevent poaching and mitigate wildlife conflict in southwestern Kenya.

LionAid salutes Richard for this well-deserved award and also Prince William for recognizing the work that Richard has done over the years. It has never been easy for Richard and Big Life, and he has always struggled to find the needed funds for the excellent Big Life projects. We hope that with this award Richard and Big Life will now go from strength to strength.


On a personal note, Richard is one of those people who tells you like it is, a quality mostly lost in the increasingly political world of conservation.

So well done Richard, and very well deserved!

 

Picture credit: Getty images

 

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Add a comment | Posted by Chris Macsween at 17:16

$3.1 million for a lion costume?

Tuesday 25th November 2014

Wizard of Oz

Bert Lahr wearing $3.1 million worth of fur

 

So…. The “Cowardly Lion” original costume worn by actor Bert Lahr in the 1939 classic movie “The Wizard of Oz” was sold for nearly $3.1 million at auction.

The costume is made of real skins and fur, according to auction house Bonhams, and has a hidden front zipper and attached tail. The iconic costume makes more than a dozen appearances in the movie.”

The identity of the buyer is undisclosed.

Meanwhile, African lions are going extinct at a great rate. Bert Lahr would have been greatly distressed if he was still alive – he died in 1967.

$3.1 million dedicated to saving the 15,000 lions remaining in Africa could turn the tide.

Why are these people with massive disposable incomes paying for costumes while the iconic lion represented in the Wizard of Oz is being ignored?

Does it take the “courage” that the “Cowardly Lion” in the story was seeking?

 

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Add a comment | Posted by Chris Macsween at 21:19