publication . Article . 2012

Walking with lions: why there is no role for captive-origin lions Panthera leo in species restoration.

Luke T.B. Hunter; Paula White; Philipp Henschel; Laurence Frank; Cole Burton; Andrew Loveridge; Guy Balme; Christine Breitenmoser; Urs Breitenmoser;
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  • Published: 31 Jul 2012
Abstract
<jats:title>Abstract</jats:title><jats:p>Despite formidable challenges and few successes in reintroducing large cats from captivity to the wild, the release of captives has widespread support from the general public and local governments, and continues to occur ad hoc. Commercial so-called lion <jats:italic>Panthera leo</jats:italic> encounter operations in Africa exemplify the issue, in which the captive breeding of the lion is linked to claims of reintroduction and broader conservation outcomes. In this article we assess the capacity of such programmes to contribute to in situ lion conservation. By highlighting the availability of wild founders, the unsuitabil...
Subjects
free text keywords: Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics, Nature and Landscape Conservation, Wildlife management, Panthera, biology.animal, biology, Species translocation, Threatened species, Captive breeding, Wildlife conservation, Ecology, Captivity
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publication . Article . 2012

Walking with lions: why there is no role for captive-origin lions Panthera leo in species restoration.

Luke T.B. Hunter; Paula White; Philipp Henschel; Laurence Frank; Cole Burton; Andrew Loveridge; Guy Balme; Christine Breitenmoser; Urs Breitenmoser;