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Corridors of tolerance through human-dominated landscapes facilitate dispersal and connectivity between populations of African lions Panthera leo

  • Stephanie Dolrenry (a1), Leela Hazzah (a2) and Laurence Frank (a3)

Abstract

Globally, little is known about the dispersal abilities of carnivores, their survival in non-protected areas, and the connectivity between protected and non-protected populations. More than a decade of sighting data for 496 known African lions Panthera leo, with 189 individuals engaging in dispersing activities plus an exchange of cross-site information, has provided unique insight into connectivity and survival in unprotected and protected areas in Kenya. In particular, three individuals, across two generations residing solely in unprotected landscapes, demonstrated connectivity between three protected areas that, to our knowledge, have not previously been recognized as harbouring connected populations. These observations suggest that unprotected areas and the human communities that reside in them may successfully create corridors of tolerance that facilitate connectivity and the long-term persistence of lion populations, both within and outside protected areas.

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(Corresponding author) E-mail stephanie@lionguardians.org

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Also at: Living with Lions, Nanyuki, Kenya

Also at: University of Cape Town, Institute for Communities and Wildlife in Africa, Rondebosch, South Africa

Also at: Lion Guardians, Langata, Kenya

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Corridors of tolerance through human-dominated landscapes facilitate dispersal and connectivity between populations of African lions Panthera leo

  • Stephanie Dolrenry (a1), Leela Hazzah (a2) and Laurence Frank (a3)

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