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Lions Send Text Messages

Lions Send Text Messages

Wild lions in Kenya are sending text messages to conservationists, or rather, their GPS collars are, in order for tracking of their whereabouts to take place. Lion mapping is important because human-lion conflict has resulted in the deaths of too many lions in recent years. Text messages every hour are sent to a server and translated into email messages, so researchers can see where the lions are, and if they are too close to livestock.

Loss of lion habitat and farming operations nearby have led lions to sometimes seek food in the form of domesticated farm animals. Farmers retaliate for their animal losses by killing lions. The retaliation is believed to mainly be poisoning of lions by lacing dead prey animals in the wild with toxic chemicals.

Kenya’s lions in the wild reportedly could disappear in about twenty years if the current rate of lion death continues. About one hundred were killed every year from 2002-2009. The total number of lions in Kenya has already declined to just about 2,000. Cameroon and Nigeria have already lost their lions.

Living with Lions works to help conserve and research wild lions in Kenya. Their Lion Guardians program functions by protecting both lions and livestock so farmers are less likely to kill lions. The Lion Guardians track the big cats carefully, and know their locations and movements. They also witness many tragic lion poisonings. Just recently they reported on their blog, “The male cub that survived was barely a year and even though cubs are normally weaned by 8 months, they are not independent of adults until 18 months and we therefore gave him zero chance to survive on his own. Having mysteriously survived the lethal poison, the Lion Guardians have been on the lookout for him.”

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4:22AM PDT on Apr 1, 2013

wow...hopefully this will save some lions

3:18AM PDT on Mar 30, 2013

so sad....I wonder if i will live long enough to see the full decline of this world judging by how fast the destruction goes...

8:30PM PDT on Mar 29, 2013

ty for sharing

1:39AM PDT on Aug 9, 2012

Thanks for sharing

5:36PM PDT on Jul 15, 2012

I just love these cats so much and hopefully they will be able to be protected with these signaling devices!

6:57AM PDT on Jul 10, 2012

, If the Govenments of the World can't or won't look after their people ,,

What chance do Animals have..??

11:03AM PDT on May 8, 2012

I hope this helps. We are losing way too many animals due to human greed and loss of their natural habitat..

9:52AM PDT on May 8, 2012


9:50AM PDT on May 8, 2012

Let's hope this helps. It's worth a try! Thanks for posting!

5:50PM PDT on May 7, 2012

I hope this help save beautiful lions!

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Interesting and tough. 62% :( Thanks for sharing.

Here in my area in AU the farmer's markets are very popular.

I completely agree with Carol P, the risk exists and people should be aware of it, most aren't and t…


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