Lions In The Balance
Lions in the Balance: Man-Eaters, Manes, and Men With Guns, by Dr. Craig Packer takes you deep into the complex underbelly of African lion conservation. Packer pulls the curtain back revealing insights into the lives of the big cats and the dangers and risks of protecting them.
Dr. Packers diary-based chronicle minces no words as he tells the tale of cutting-edge research as well as the distressing corruption woven into the network of humans who hold the future of the African lion in their hands. Packer calls it how he experienced it and his candor likely infuriates politicians, aid agencies, millionaires, and conservationists.
Lion Conservation Required Creative and Powerful Survival Strategies
Lions in the Balance looks into the future of the lion, one where the politics of conservation will require survival strategies far more creative and powerful than those currently practiced anywhere today.
This book is not a leisurely read nor is it a them-against-us account of what is necessary to save the African lion from extinction. After 30 years of research, Dr. Packer understands the complexities involved and that there is no stark black and white solution to securing the future of the African lion.
You should read Lions in the Balance with an open mind knowing that even when we disagree with strategies in place, we must swallow the bitter pills for the role they play along side the strategies we think are the better solution.
Dr. Packer sheds light on the fact that trophy hunters actually control four times as much lion habitat in Africa than is protected in national parks, leaving 80% of the world’s lion in the hunters’ hands. His dislike for hunting does not blind him to the fact that trophy hunting plays a role in the future of the African lion.
His honesty about the complicated world of lion conservation has made him a target of zealot animal lovers too. Packer explains how some animal rights activists oversimplify lion conservation and are close-minded and unwilling to truly look at all strategies for the best solutions to secure a future for lions.
Dr. Packer, as a scientist, relies on the data and research to guide conservation policies, even when the policy goes against his personal preference. We all need to practice this methodology to save African lions.
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