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Helping Lions Means Bad News For Cheetahs

If there was ever a story that perfectly illustrates with web of life, this would be it. It involves domestic dogs, African lions, cheetahs and man’s interference in the natural world.

In 1994, a deadly virus spread by domestic dogs had a devastating impact on the celebrated lions of Africa’s Serengeti National Park (SNP). The outbreak of Canine Distemper Virus (CDV) killed nearly 1,000 lions, or about one-third of the third of the population. In response, conservationists launched “Project Life Lion,” a campaign to vaccinate dogs in villages around the Serengeti in a bid to halt the spread of the virus to lions and other wildlife. A new study, however, suggests that such vaccination campaigns, while good for lions, could be bad news for the Serengeti’s cheetahs.

Full the story at Vaccinated To Extinction


2 responses to “Helping Lions Means Bad News For Cheetahs

  1. Jen Dowdy January 31, 2012 at 11:35 pm

    I think it is natural that there would be a decrease in cheetahs when there are lion increases because of the interspecific competition and that generally cheetahs fall to lions. Now, I hope they pay as much attention to the cheetah population. Plus, I am wondering how this is also affecting African wild dogs and hyenas as well.

    • felids February 1, 2012 at 11:23 am

      I imagine anything smaller than a lion would somehow suffer when their populations increase, although the hyenas might benefit from increased lion kills in the area. It’s all so interconnected it’s downright scary.

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