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Putting lions back into Ghana

4th May 2011

AOTE is working with the Ghanaian government on a plan to reintroduce lions to the country’s national parks, working in conjunction with the African Lion & Environmental Research Trust (ALERT) based in Zimbabwe. The immediate plan, with work commencing this summer, is to initiate a pilot study in Digya National Park, abutting Lake Volta in the southwest of Ghana. The aims of this pilot study are: To assess the existing habitat and its suitability for lions, the quantity and type of prey species, garner support among indigenous communities for the reintroduction of lions, develop an eco-tourism industry within the region, and assess the viability of a nationwide roll out of the project. The role of AOTE is to provide written and photographic material of the findings of the pilot study, which will be used when presenting a plan for ratification by the necessary authorities and to distribute news of the project to the international media.

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