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Where lions were once hunted, they’ve miraculously reclaimed the land

February 14, 2019

At one point, hunters had killed all but two lions — an adult lioness and her cub — at Botswana’s Selinda Game Reserve. Then, Derek and Beverly Joubert, two National Geographic photographers started buying up every lion hunting license issued for 13 years. During this time, two male lions from Namibia showed up, and started to build a pride with the two survivors already at Selinda. Lion populations worldwide have imploded over the last 60 years from 450,000 to about 20,000, but the Jouberts’ example shows that smart conservation practices really could make a difference.

Key Takeaways:

  • The Jouberts bought the concession for Selinda Game Reserve in Botswana when wildlife like lions are practically decimated by hunting.
  • The comeback of the lion population just after two males swam across the river to join two other females at the reserve was captured in a film.
  • The success story of the Jouberts at the Selinda Game reserve shows how putting good conservation practices to use can produce remarkable results.

"In making the film, the Jouberts— both National Geographic Explorers— witnessed the remarkable determination that it takes to survive as a wild lion."

Read more: https://www.nationalgeographic.com/animals/2018/11/africa-lion-pride-reclaims-land-botswana-conservation/

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