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BBC Wildlife Magazine - - Contents - Ang­harad Mo­ran


Fol­low­ing in the foot­steps of rhi­nos, ele­phants and great apes, the lat­est ti­tle from Re­mem­ber­ing Wildlife turns its at­ten­tion to li­ons – act­ing as a cel­e­bra­tion of the species and a re­minder of the threats it faces.

Pages are adorned with pow­er­ful, joy­ous images from a va­ri­ety of pho­tog­ra­phers, in­clud­ing Suzi Eszter­has and Jonathan and An­gela Scott. Wily li­onesses, playful cubs and re­gal males are shown against back­drops of sand dunes, grass­lands and water holes.

While the pho­tog­ra­phy cap­tures the majesty of a species that is top of the list for many sa­fari-go­ers, the ac­com­pa­ny­ing text dis­cusses the is­sues sur­round­ing con­ser­va­tion efforts – such as hu­man­lion con­flict – and the fact that there are fewer in­di­vid­u­als left in the wild than peo­ple may think.

“When I started pro­duc­ing this book, I had no idea how com­plex the is­sues were,” says founder Mar­got Raggett in the in­tro­duc­tion, “The picture was con­fus­ing. Were li­ons re­ally dis­ap­pear­ing, when I could so eas­ily see them on a sa­fari to the Maa­sai Mara?” The is­sue of tro­phy hunt­ing is also raised, along with the il­le­gal killing of ‘Ce­cil’ the lion (we hear from Brent Stapelkamp, a re­searcher who tracked Ce­cil). Though there is gen­eral in­for­ma­tion about be­hav­iour and life within the pride, in­clu­sion of de­tails about each of the images and their sub­jects would have been a welcome ex­tra. Nev­er­the­less, this a wor­thy ad­di­tion to any cof­fee ta­ble or bookshelf.

Li­ons are listed as Vul­ner­a­ble, with as few as 20,000 thought to be left in the wild.

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