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A new modeling study led by UW-Madison environmental studies professor Adrian Treves has found that, taken together, Parque National Virungas in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and adjoining Queen Elizabeth National Park in Uganda could hold up to 905 individuals of the threatened African lion. This suggests that the border region between the two countries could become the stronghold, or largest population, of lions in central Africa, but only if immediate conservation steps are taken.
Image credit: University Communications
Image date: December 2008

A lioness keeps a watchful eye over her domain in Uganda’s Queen Elizabeth National Park (QENP). A new modeling study led by UW-Madison environmental studies professor Adrian Treves indicates that, when considered together, QENP and neighboring Parque National Virungas in the Democratic Republic of the Congo could hold up to 905 lions, potentially making the region the stronghold for the threatened cats in central Africa.
Image credit: courtesy Adrian Treves
Photo date: September 2005

A male lion looks noble as he lounges in the grass in Uganda’s Queen Elizabeth National Park (QENP). A new modeling study led by UW-Madison environmental studies professor Adrian Treves indicates that, when considered together, QENP and neighboring Parque National Virungas in the Democratic Republic of the Congo could hold up to 905 lions, potentially making the region the stronghold for the threatened cats in central Africa.
Image credit: courtesy Adrian Treves
Photo date: September 2005
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