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A multi-scale assessment of population connectivity in African lions (Panthera leo) in response to landscape change

Posted date: October 22, 2015
Publication Year: 
2015
Authors: Cushman, Samuel A.; Elliot, Nicholas B.; Macdonald, David W.; Loveridge, Andrew J.
Publication Series: 
Scientific Journal (JRNL)
Source: Landscape Ecology. doi: 10.1007/s10980-015-0292-3.

Abstract

Habitat loss and fragmentation are among the major drivers of population declines and extinction, particularly in large carnivores. Connectivity models provide practical tools for assessing fragmentation effects and developing mitigation or conservation responses. To be useful to conservation practitioners, connectivity models need to incorporate multiple scales and include realistic scenarios based on potential changes to habitat and anthropogenic pressures. This will help to prioritize conservation efforts in a changing landscape.

Citation

Cushman, Samuel A.; Elliot, Nicholas B.; Macdonald, David W.; Loveridge, Andrew J. 2015. A multi-scale assessment of population connectivity in African lions (Panthera leo) in response to landscape change. Landscape Ecology. doi: 10.1007/s10980-015-0292-3.