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Rare desert lion killed in Angola after supplying unprecedented data

by TPN/Lusa, in Travel · 03-09-2014 08:57:00 · 0 Comments

Rare desert lion killed last month after supplying unprecedented data

Rare desert lion killed in Angola after supplying unprecedented data

 

The seven-year-old animal is believed to have been shot dead on 24 August, near the Namibian town of Tomakas in Kunene province, some 100km from the frontier with Angola's Namibe province.


According to the Desert Lion Project, which was tracking it by satellite using a collar placed on it two years ago, the lionesses that were accompanying the lion managed to flee, possibly "perturbed".


The collar was later found, burned, about 100 metres from the lion's carcass, in what the environmentalists believe was an attempt to hide the proof of its killing.


"This is a regrettable development," the source said, citing "valuable information" that the monitoring of the animal had brought about how the species lives in extreme, near-desert conditions. "It was a remarkable lion."


During the 762 days during which its behaviour was monitored, the lion covered an area of more than 40 square kilometres, in northern Namibia and southern Angola, travelling almost 1,300 kilometres. At times, it travelled between 50 and 70 kilometres in a day.


"These statistics exceed all known records of the movement of lions in Africa, by a significant margin," the Desert Lion Project said.

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