Hans Bauer’s research shows that over 25 years, lion numbers have decreased by 43% throughout Africa, and that their range has declined by more than 90%. There are now roughly 25,000 lions in 60 separate population groups, half of which consist of less than 100 lions. Their existence is particularly threatened across West, Central and East Africa.

In this compelling read, the University of Oxford research fellow provides a dramatic insight into his work, counting lions and collaring them. And while trophy hunting is not the biggest threat to these animals, he contends that it does little to help their plight and delivers next to nothing for the communities that live close to the remaining lions.

“I know the thrill of a hunt,” he writes, “but a dart gun does not kill – and the information you get from a lion’s collar is amazing.” Such information could be critical in the race to save the creatures – but that’s a fight that will require significant international financial investment and legislative action.

Stephen Khan

Executive Editor, The Conversation International

Over the past 25 years, lion numbers have decreased by 43% throughout Africa, as their range has declined by more than 90%. Shutterstock

Trophy hunting will not save Africa’s lions – so import bans are a positive step for wildlife conservation

Hans Bauer, University of Oxford

An Africa-based conservation expert explains why trophy hunting has not delivered for wildlife in most parts of Africa, and that local communities benefit next to nothing from its continued practice

Brittney Griner appears at a hearing at the Khimki Court outside Moscow on June 27, 2022. Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP via Getty Images

WNBA star Brittney Griner’s release still uncertain as her trial begins in a Russian court

Rokeshia Renné Ashley, Florida International University

WNBA star Brittney Griner is scheduled to appear in Russian Court on July 1, 2022, after US officials determined she had been wrongfully detained.

A section of the Cederberg rock painting, digitally enhanced to emphasise red-ochreous colours. © Neil Rusch

How the music of an ancient rock painting was brought to life

Neil Rusch, University of the Witwatersrand; Sarah Wurz, University of the Witwatersrand

Sometimes archaeologists can “hear” the ancient past using acoustic methods.

What it really meant to be punk in Britain

Ewa Hanna Mazierska, University of Central Lancashire; Tony Rigg, University of Central Lancashire

The sounds and attitude of punk were all about not conforming to the norm and rebelling against all that came before it.