To assess the disease status of lions within Gonarezhou National Park
As part of the proposed Greater Limpopo Transfrontier Conservation Area the disease status of animals within this Park needs to be known for proper management of the TFCA. Since the discovery of bovine tuberculosis in buffalo within the Park, it was decided that testing the lions here was a priority to try and figure out how long the disease has been present; a “clean” lion population would indicate the disease is a relatively new occurrence.
Recent estimates show that there may be as few as 23 lion in the Park in an area of 5000km2. Other diseases being tested for include FIVple to add to the knowledge of why there is such a low density of lions here. Finance was provided to AWARE to conduct this program.
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