New footage out of southeastern Gabon has captured a male lion on camera in a region where the species was believed by scientists to be “locally extinct.” Two camera trap videos taken in the same fortnight captured a single male lion roaming along an elephant path in the Gabonese region of the Batéké Plateau – a savannah landscape extending across southeast Gabon and into Congo and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) where the lion last roamed in any great number in the 1950s.
The last survey was in 2003 when a team found almost no wildlife in the region, and camera traps set during the surveys produced more photos of Congolese poachers than of animals.
The videos demonstrate that the efforts of the Gabonese authorities to protect this landscape, starting with the designation of the Batéké Plateau as a National Park in 2002
I think the President of Gabon, Ali Bongo Ondimba, is one of the most environmentally and wildlife commited men in Africa - a real Star
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