I’d like to share a new resource for improving hunters’ skills in aging African lions: www.AgingTheAfricanLion.org. This website includes a training, self-test, photo gallery and quick-reference pocket guides to help hunters become more familiar with the best physical characteristics for estimating a lion’s age. The website also provides some background information on lion biology and on the biological basis for restricting harvests to old lions.
In addition to the site, we’ve developed presentation sides which consist of a lion aging training and self-test (for participants to measure their ‘lion aging score’ before and after the training to track their improvement). The presentation is ideal for training professional hunters and guides and for educating clients on how to age lions. Please contact us if you would like a copy of this presentation.
We hope your organization finds these resources useful. Please feel free to distribute the website freely to your colleagues and clients. If you have any suggestions on how this presentation/website might be improved, feel free to let us know.
Paula A. White, PhD
Director, Zambia Lion Project
Center for Tropical Research
Institute of the Environment and Sustainability
University of California, Los Angeles USA