Tony Fitzjohn worked closely with George, and continues to work in wildlife conservation. But doing so makes them prime targets for snow leopards, which are particularly hated by the herders because of their tendency toward mass slaughter. Then, in 1989, at the age of 83, Adamson was murdered by Somali poachers.
Related Partners. Conservationists used to choke on the topic of hunting, but increasingly they are prepared to accept some limited and tightly controlled hunts when they generate revenue for locals who might otherwise kill off the predators.
Today it is South Asia's Rice Bowl: Jaguars, cheetahs, snow leopards and clouded leopards have never been known to attack humans. There is no simple way to reconcile expanding human populations and the territorial requirements of large predators. Weather Forecast. Because the animals won't cross what they consider hostile terrain, they became separated into three isolated populations.
Fast forward several decades and Martin, now a patron of the Born Free Foundation, made his first animal-themed documentary in 1998 about an elephant called Nina, rescued by conservationist Tony Fitzjohn, who worked with George Adamson for decades.
The solution is to make it harder for the cats to capture domesticated animals than wild prey. In this documentary Martin travels to Kenya to visit Tony and to meet his first lion cub to be brought to the Kora camp for 25 years. First, he holds out a clenched fist.
Tony Fitzjohn says: The information contained herein is embargoed from press use, commercial and non-commercial reproduction and sharing - in the public domain - until Tuesday 25 March 2014. Poaching had increased in Kora, as had the number of herdsmen grazing camels and cattle they see lions as a threat to their livestock and are prepared to shoot or poison them.
I can rub him on the face and scratch his ears and feed him a few carrots. It works only with strict enforcement, says ecologist Craig Packer, who led the Minnesota study. Predation on livestock is the biggest reason for human—big cat conflict around the world.
Local people also benefit directly from the return of wildlife. Namibia has 3,000 cheetahs—the single largest remaining population in Africa—but ranchers shoot them for attacking cattle.
In 2002, 226 trophy lions were shot in Tanzania, many in the Selous reserve.