Oral presentation- Plenary 12th International Mammalogical Congress

The paradigmatic lion: From social biology to social media (#124)

Professor David Macdonald 1
  1. Wildlife Conservation Research Unit, University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom

Views of the landscape from different vantage points, synthesising twenty years of experience with lions, their biology and conservation. This review explores some features of lion behaviour, and their ecological origins, as a basis for thinking about their interactions with people, some resulting pest problems and solutions to them. These perspectives lead to wider views of landscape ecology and continent-wide conservation. One of our study animals, nicknamed Cecil, attracted international attention from which much can be learned, raising the question of whether the Cecil Moment can lead to a Cecil Movement and, indeed, the wider notion of conservation-led development.