Rangers in Namibia have launched an investigation into the recent poisoning of the remaining members of the Hoaruseb pride of desert lions that roam the Kunene region of the northern Namib Desert.

In April 2010, the pride’s male was killed by a trophy hunter, despite the fact that the lion was collared and protected for research. At the time, this caused a public outcry, bringing into question the unethical practices of certain trophy hunting outfits.

Desert lions are rare, with less than 100 of them thought to be alive today. The poisoned pride is one of only nine prides on record, and the recent deaths have caused outrage in the country once again. – Servaas van den Bosch

Read more in the 29 July 2011 issue of Farmers Weekly.

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