The presence of a resident male lion in Nyika National Park in Malawi. A sighting of a male and female with their two cubs in Luando Special Reserve – the first female and cubs to be seen in the area in over a decade.
And a recent Born Free expedition that recorded a small pride of lions for the first time at Mpem and Djim National Park in southern Cameroon – again, in an area where lions were considered to be locally extinct.
“These records provide some hope that lion populations are beginning to establish and increase in areas where hope was lost,” said Samantha Page-Nicholson, the co-ordinator of the African Lion Database, a platform to consolidate critical data on the iconic species.
It was launched in October by the Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT) under the auspices of the Cat Specialist Group of the IUCN’s Species Survival Commission.
It plans to accurately quantify the numbers and population trends of the African lion, and document its presence or absence across its range.