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Lions and Humans Battle in Namibia

Namibia - The King of Beasts in Danger

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Adult lions are at the top of the food chain and have no natural enemies, except human beings. But for lions of Namibia, that enemy has become a huge problem. African farmers kill hundreds of them every year to protect their livestock. Now, a handful of determined conservationists are trying to ease the conflict by making it possible for humans and big cats to live in peaceful proximity at the southern margin of Etosha National Park, in northern Namibia.

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8:15AM PST on Dec 13, 2012

Stop HUMAN OVERPOPULATION!!

9:54AM PDT on May 8, 2012

THEY ARE LOOKING FOR FOOD.

8:19AM PDT on Apr 8, 2012

can't see the video but thanks for sharing :)

4:24AM PDT on Mar 20, 2012

There are less lions than humans......

9:42PM PDT on Mar 19, 2012

The exploration of Namibia by Europeans began along the Atlantic coast as early as 1485, although access to the interior was barred by the inhospitable Namib desert.(!!!!!!!!) The first European actually to set foot on Namibian soil was the Portuguese explorer Diogo Cao or Diogo Cam, followed by Bartholomeu Diaz in 1487. It was not until nearly two centuries later that the next contacts were made, when the Dutch East India Company - established at the Cape of the Good Hope in 1652 - decided to explore up the Atlantic coast. The Dutch vessel Grundel landed at Angra Pequeña and Sandwich Bay, south of Walvis Bay, around 1670 while the Bode sailed as far north as the Kuiseb river mouth in 1677. Here it is recorded that the crew became involved in a skirmish with the local Nama.(Black African tribe.) inhabitants.http://www.klausdierks.com/Khauxanas/5.htm

9:20AM PDT on Mar 19, 2012

Ruth, the habitat was not destroyed by humans in Namibia. It was always like that. Why? I do not know. Maybe I should look it up on the Net and see why.

1:44PM PDT on Mar 18, 2012

It is not the exact population number that matters, it is what is termed the 'carrying capacity' of the land, i.e. how much land is necessary to sustain one life. It seems from the conflicts here that the land simply cannot support both the current number of humans and the animals that have lived there since time immemorial. The efforts of Afri-Kat to save both lions and the human herders are admirable and are helping in the short run. The only thing that will help in the long run is for humans to understand that both they and the other species that they must share the planet with will ALL be much better off when the expansion of the human population is brought under control. The best and, indeed, the only way for that to happen is voluntarily, and that happens through education and most often, not coincidentally, through the improved education and life conditions of women, who understand that when you have fewer children you can care for them better, offer them a better life, and have a better life yourself. As for birth control methods, those provided by modern medicine are not the only ones. Human cultures are very ingenious about figuring these things out when they want to, which is to say when they realize that it is to their advantage.

7:36PM PDT on Mar 17, 2012

We have the same problem here in the U.S. in Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, etc. The farmers in Namibia are just like the ranchers here. Kill the animals that roam the area because they kill some of their herd. In Namibia, it's lions. Here it's wolves, coyotes and mountain lions. All we ever hear is they can't afford the fencing or barns for their livestock. I say if you can't afford it, then maybe you are in the wrong business. If you can't afford to take care of what is suppose to bring you money, they you shouldn't do it. Here wildlife is killed for no good reason. Ranchers here get money from the government and many charities assist by donating dogs to protect the livestock, build fences, and put up electric deterrents. A lot more than the people in Namibia can even hope for, but even they must take responsibility for their stock. I believe sheer laziness comes into play and a need for a handout. If you can afford to raise animals en masse, then you can afford to take care of them.

1:01PM PDT on Mar 17, 2012

Control the population - many Africans cannot understand the idea of controlling themselves to help themselves

9:53AM PDT on Mar 16, 2012

If these animals are moving closer to humans area its because they are looking for food, because like always humans destroy the animal's habitats then when animals get closer to them they start saying that these animals are a threat, and the ones who start everything are always humans!!!

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