News

Obab lionesses update

Tuesday 13 September 2022

The newly designed and modified Land Cruiser research vehicle have performed remarkably well in the field. Despite all the research equipment and additions to the vehicle, it remains relatively light and behaves well over the rough terrain. Several new additions and modifications were added to meet the observation and research requirements. ..read more >>

Death of an Ugab lioness.

Monday 12 September 2022

During mid-May 2022 a mortality signal was received from the Ugab lioness Xpl-116 on the foothills of Brandberg mountain. The first investigation a few days later failed due to the presence of another lion or leopard that was growling when the site was approached on foot. Several weeks later during mid-July 2022, we returned to the site. ..read more >>

In honour of the late Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

Thursday 8 September 2022

Xpl-10 the "Queen" of Desert lions. Born: 1 September 1998. Died: 17 May 2014. ..read more >>

Coastal activities & fitting satellite collars

Thursday 1 September 2022

Following the death of the Obab lioness Xpl-105, several days were spent along the coast searching for the remainder of the Obab pride and collecting data. The weather conditions were variable and extreme - varying between hot easterly winds, cold southwesterly sandstorms and thick coastal fog. The spoor of an adult male leopard was observed at several locations around the Uniab Delta. It is presumably the same individual that has been recorded at the Delta during the last three years. ..read more >>

Death of a Lioness

Monday 22 August 2022

The two Orphan lionesses have traversed the Floodplain and sections of the dune-belt every night, moving an average of 20–30km per day, in search of food to sustain themselves and the three small cubs. ..read more >>

Observations along the Hoanib River

Saturday 13 August 2022

The two Orphan lionesses and three small cubs favoured the eastern section of the Floodplain where most of the prey were concentrating. The lioness Xpl-106 “Alpha” gave birth to two female and one male cub, and at the age of 11 weeks, they are becoming more mobile and occasionally move with the lionesses. ..read more >>

Hoanib River

Sunday 17 July 2022

After the good rainfall earlier in 2022 many animals have returned to the Hoanib river. The Hoanib Floodplain was saturated with water from several flash floods and was inaccessible for many months. As the mud dried up, aided by the hot east-wind conditions, sections of the Floodplain became drivable ..read more >>

Current Monitoring

Sunday 26 June 2022

Following the exceptionally good rainfall earlier in 2022, and considering the known mortalities of lions due to human-lion conflict and the lack of food due to the hyper-arid conditions during recent years, a concerted monitoring effort is underway to determine the current age/sex structure and size of the Desert lion population. ..read more >>

DLCT / MEFT Collaring Campaign ReportBack

Wednesday 15 June 2022

The purpose of the campaign was to target prides in four specific areas over a 10 day period, with the focus being on areas with a high potential for Human Wildlife Conflict. ..read more >>

Part 3 of 3- Radio interview with DLCT - Hit Radio 99.5 FM

Tuesday 19 April 2022

Hitradio Namibia interview final part 3/3: Here in Namibia, desert lions and human animal conflict are very often mentioned together. @Felix Vallat, the project coordinator of the Desert Lion Conservation Trust told our colleague Katja Haase how the pandemic has affected the life between humans and the desert lions. ..read more >>