After the euphoria of last night with the arrival of Thandi's puppies, we have come back down to Earth with an enormous bump. I came back to my computer to recieve news that Fatboy, the male Lion so close to all our hearts, was shot in Zimbabwe. With all the illegal and legal (though questionable) killings of Lions this year that is 13% of the Lions from the Greater Mapungubwe that will be gone by the end of this hunting season. It is crazy! No population can sustain this level of offtake, and the worst of it all is these are only the ones we know about.
While our hearts are in our shoes, we just need to press on and make our Lion survey count. We must get the data we need to force the issue with the relevant authorities.
Im so sorry Fatboy. You were a legend in this area. We promise to keep trying.