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first_imgIntroducing the flight search geeks that make Skyscanner work **1. What do you do at Skyscanner?**I’m in charge of the team that gathers all the flight prices that you find on Skyscanner.2. What kind of flight geek are you?Geeky geek/price geek.3. What best generally describes your travel style:I’m a wanderer, I’ll go anywhere, anytime.4. What’s your ideal holidayDespite living in Edinburgh by choice, I love the sun. Couple that with good food, and I’ve got the perfect holiday. Other things depend on my mood; sometimes I like to learn about the history of a place, sometimes I’m more drawn by the nightlife, and often I just want to lie around all day on the beach. Berlin is one of my favourite destinations.5. Who’s your ideal travel companion? My girlfriend, Sarah.6. Do you fly with children?No.7. How do you decide where you want to go?We get an idea of the kind of holiday we want, shortlist some places we would like to visit, and then start browsing Skyscanner for cheap prices.8. How do you decide when you want to go?Skyscanner browse views all the way!9. What annoys you most about planning holidays?It annoys me when websites don’t give accurate information.10. What are you doing in your job at Skyscanner to improve things?My team and I work tirelessly to eliminate all inaccuracies from the site. We are always testing and responding to user feedback to make sure that all the prices we show are as accurate as possible.11. What’s your favourite thing about the Skyscanner site?The wide array of budget airline options available, coupled with the browse views, allow me to drill down on the price I want, every time.12. What’s your dream feature?I would love to see browse views with a matrix of return prices – outbound dates along the top and return dates down the side.13. Favourite websites apart from Skyscanner (not necessarily travel) and why? – I love reading about the IT industry as, at heart, I am a computer geek. I always use if I’m looking for cheap accommodation.14. What’s the geekiest thing about you? Your secret geek shame?I am ashamed of nothing! I am proud to say that I do maths for fun, and program computers to relax.15. Worst travel experience?I endured the worst hangover of my life on a 23 hour bus ride from New Orleans to the south of Florida.Meet more Flight Search GeeksReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedFlight Geek of the Week – Laura WilsonFlight Geek of the Week – Laura WilsonFlight Geek of the Week – Ewan GrayIntroducing the flight search geeks that make Skyscanner workFlight Geek of the Week – Bjørn StevensonFlight Geek of the Week – Bjørn Stevensonlast_img read more

East West Africa could lose 50 of their lions by 2035

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Required fields are indicated by an asterisk (*) Email Country * Afghanistan Aland Islands Albania Algeria Andorra Angola Anguilla Antarctica Antigua and Barbuda Argentina Armenia Aruba Australia Austria Azerbaijan Bahamas Bahrain Bangladesh Barbados Belarus Belgium Belize Benin Bermuda Bhutan Bolivia, Plurinational State of Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba Bosnia and Herzegovina Botswana Bouvet Island Brazil British Indian Ocean Territory Brunei Darussalam Bulgaria Burkina Faso Burundi Cambodia Cameroon Canada Cape Verde Cayman Islands Central African Republic Chad Chile China Christmas Island Cocos (Keeling) Islands Colombia Comoros Congo Congo, the Democratic Republic of the Cook Islands Costa Rica Cote d’Ivoire Croatia Cuba Curaçao Cyprus Czech Republic Denmark Djibouti Dominica Dominican Republic Ecuador Egypt El Salvador Equatorial Guinea Eritrea Estonia Ethiopia Falkland Islands (Malvinas) Faroe Islands Fiji Finland France French Guiana French Polynesia French Southern Territories Gabon Gambia Georgia Germany Ghana Gibraltar Greece Greenland Grenada Guadeloupe Guatemala Guernsey Guinea Guinea-Bissau Guyana Haiti Heard Island and McDonald Islands Holy See (Vatican City State) Honduras Hungary Iceland India Indonesia Iran, Islamic Republic of Iraq Ireland Isle of Man Israel Italy Jamaica Japan Jersey Jordan Kazakhstan Kenya Kiribati Korea, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Republic of Kuwait Kyrgyzstan Lao People’s Democratic Republic Latvia Lebanon Lesotho Liberia Libyan Arab Jamahiriya Liechtenstein Lithuania Luxembourg Macao Macedonia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Madagascar Malawi Malaysia Maldives Mali Malta Martinique Mauritania Mauritius Mayotte Mexico Moldova, Republic of Monaco Mongolia Montenegro Montserrat Morocco Mozambique Myanmar Namibia Nauru Nepal Netherlands New Caledonia New Zealand Nicaragua Niger Nigeria Niue Norfolk Island Norway Oman Pakistan Palestine Panama Papua New Guinea Paraguay Peru Philippines Pitcairn Poland Portugal Qatar Reunion Romania Russian Federation Rwanda Saint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha Saint Kitts and Nevis Saint Lucia Saint Martin (French part) Saint Pierre and Miquelon Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Samoa San Marino Sao Tome and Principe Saudi Arabia Senegal Serbia Seychelles Sierra Leone Singapore Sint Maarten (Dutch part) Slovakia Slovenia Solomon Islands Somalia South Africa South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands South Sudan Spain Sri Lanka Sudan Suriname Svalbard and Jan Mayen Swaziland Sweden Switzerland Syrian Arab Republic Taiwan Tajikistan Tanzania, United Republic of Thailand Timor-Leste Togo Tokelau Tonga Trinidad and Tobago Tunisia Turkey Turkmenistan Turks and Caicos Islands Tuvalu Uganda Ukraine United Arab Emirates United Kingdom United States Uruguay Uzbekistan Vanuatu Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of Vietnam Virgin Islands, British Wallis and Futuna Western Sahara Yemen Zambia Zimbabwe The fate of the lion, one of Africa’s largest predators, may be even bleaker than we thought. According to a new study, lion numbers in West, Central, and East Africa could shrink by half over the next two decades even as populations in southern Africa hold steady or swell. The regional differences, authors say, come down to how closely the lions are managed. But some researchers question whether the prospects for lions in East Africa—their historical stronghold on the continent—are as grim as the study claims.Today, lions survive in the wild in 27 countries, all but a handful of them in Africa. In 1980 an estimated 75,000 roamed free. Since then, thousands have perished from poisoning, poorly regulated sports hunting, and the loss of habitat and prey. Until recently, scientists were relatively confident that roughly 30,000 remained. But this year a top conservation body, the International Union for Conservation of Nature, revised that estimate closer to 20,000.Lions are a bit like restaurants—the fate of both may hinge upon their location. In West and Central Africa pressure from the human population is high and conservation efforts are low, so the projected declines there are no surprise, says Hans Bauer, a lion researcher at the University of Oxford who is based in Ethiopia and lead author on the new paper. “But we had thought that lions in both southern and eastern Africa were doing sort of okay,” he says.center_img To find out whether that was accurate, Bauer and other scientists compiled and analyzed data from surveys of 47 lion populations found in protected areas across Africa and then estimated the growth rate of each. Their analyses revealed a steep decline in almost all lion populations in West-Central Africa and a 67% chance that the region’s lion population will decline by 50% over the next 20 years, the researchers report online today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. In East Africa, the team found a similar—although less steep—decline and estimate a 37% chance its lion numbers will shrink by 50% over the next 2 decades, too.In contrast, the team found that lions in the southern African countries of Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe, and South Africa were doing “extremely well,” with their numbers even increasing in some parks, Bauer says.The regional differences, he says, can be explained by how the animals are managed. In East Africa, lions are left free to roam across the landscape much as they have for thousands of years. In southern Africa, however, lions live in well-funded, intensively managed populations, often surrounded by fences that keep the cats in and people out.  The lack of adequate protections in East Africa could spell trouble for the felines—especially as the human population continues to grow—says Craig Packer, a lion researcher and ecologist at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, and one of the study’s co-authors. “We’re in danger of losing lions from the iconic savanna landscapes of East Africa because the mechanisms that are in place to protect them there are inadequate,” he says. Such loss could have ripple effects across the entire ecosystem.However, some researchers question whether the data really support the authors’ projections for East Africa. “While I might agree that lions are in trouble in West Africa based on what they’ve presented, in East Africa, it’s a bit of a toss-up,” says Stuart Pimm, a conservation biologist at Duke University in Durham, North CarolinaThe largest lion populations in East Africa—those in Serengeti National Park in Tanzania and Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya—are either increasing or experiencing only a slight decline, Pimm notes. The one clear big decline is in Katavai National Park in Tanzania, but those data, which show a steep drop-off from roughly 600 lions in the park in 1996 to zero in 2002, are highly controversial and shouldn’t be used to support the argument for a massive regional decline, he says.Tim Caro, a wildlife biologist at the University of California (UC), Davis, who has worked in Katavi for years, agrees. “It’s simply not true that there are no lions in Katavi. If you go to the park now, you’re going to see them around the tourist circuit.”Still, for other experts, the debate seems to be over whether the prospects for lions are bad or worse. “The research is more documentation of the type of rapid decline we know is happening, with lions and with much of the rest of African wildlife,” says Laurence Frank, a lion researcher at UC Berkeley, who wasn’t involved in the study. “The evidence keeps mounting.” Sign up for our daily newsletter Get more great content like this delivered right to you! 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