Published: Final Report on Wildlife Resource Inventory & Monitoring in the KAZA Area
In the project on wildlife resource inventory and monitoring in the KAZA area, which has been funded by the Loro Parque foundation, project partner Panthera has published the final project report in mid-June. The goal of the project was to perform a wildlife inventory in Luengue-Luiana and Mavinga National Parks and to monitor the lion populations and their migration paths.
Final project outcome on wildlife inventory
The final results of the project that has been carried out in 2016 and 2017 reveal that hyaenas were the most abundant species. Further, the African wild dog population was larger than the lion, leopard and cheetah populations. The most significant and troubling finding is, however, that the lion population has strongly declined. The research team estimated that there might be only ten to thirty lions in both parks. These results contrast starkly with the estimate of over 1.000 lion mentioned in 2013. According to the scientists lions are vulnerable to various forms of hunting but the decline was mainly due to the lack of preferred prey species such as buffalo and giraffe in both parks.
Future actions in view of sustainable tourism development
The scientist team makes a range of recommendations to preserve the biodiversity as an integral component of the conservation area. These recommendations include defining high priority conservation buffers along the main rivers, securing important habitat zones within Luengue-Luiana National Park and strengthening habitat zones that have previously been considered as less important. The results are not only significant for species protection but also form the sound basis for the future tourism development of the region – in which wild life populations play a significant role. You can find the report here.
The conservation project consists of two schemes: The inventory of the wildlife in the Angolan national parks Mavinga and Luiana as well as the monitoring of lion populations and their migration paths.