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Episode 34

Saving Species, Series 1 Episode 34 of 40

30 minutes
First broadcast:
Tuesday 21 December 2010

34/40. It has been reported that lion numbers in Africa have declined by as much as 80% in the last thirty years. Estimates put the total Africa lion population at between 25,000 and 45,000 across the whole continent. This number sounds a lot, but Africa is bigger that Europe and North America combined - and some sources even say lions could become extinct in Kenya in the next decade or two. What are the causes and what are the solutions? These are big questions - Lions are highly revered creatures outside Africa and certainly pull in the tourists - but inside Africa they have been called "the neighbours from hell".

In our special series about "Ladybird Book" Britain, it's summer. What has changed in the 50 years since the first publication of the book? Chris Sperring is out and about finding out for himself during a visit to Dorset. The book describes Red Squirrels and Water Voles still in reasonable numbers, although eludes to their decline. And Chris has a unique peep into the future from a hide looking over Poole Harbour - Chris spots some animals the authors of this edition of Lady Bird Britain could not have possibly predicted would be living in Britain.

Presented by Brett Westwood
Produced by Kirsty Henderson
Series Editor Julian Hector.

  • Red Squirrel in a Tree

    Red Squirrel in a Tree

    The Red Squirrel is one of the species discussed in our 'Ladybird Britain' series.
    Image by Chris Sperring

  • Lions at the ALERT project in Zimbabwe

    Lions at the ALERT project in Zimbabwe

    Image by David Jenkins

  • Lions at the Alert project in Zimbabwe

    Lions at the Alert project in Zimbabwe

    Image by David Jenkins


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