CLAWS Newsletter is here!

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In the last several months, we have had some exciting developments. Learn about our lion tracking efforts and the fallout from the shooting of our dominant male, Lentswe. Also, hear about some of the challenges we have faced while setting up Scent of A Wolf- it's not as simple as you might think! Lastly, we talk about our recently published paper on the efficiency of our lion-proof livestock enclosures. Click HERE to get started!

Thank you all for your continued support!

Dr. Florian Weise assisting with the Hyena Distribution Map!

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The World Conservation Union's (IUCN) Hyaena Specialist Group is bringing together all of the known data on the four hyena species in Africa and Asia. This is a monumental effort since the distribution of hyenas has not been assessed in decades and requires the participation of experts from dozens of countries to contribute and dedicated researchers to format, analyze and project this data onto maps.  Dr. Florian Weise is helping to lead the effort after his exceptional work on the cheetah distribution study from 2017. For info on how to add your data, click HERE

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The spotted hyena is the most famous of the family, they are featured in documentaries and feature (rather unfairly) in Disney's The Lion King. Though they are considered ruthless scavengers by the public, they are actually very successful hunters and form female dominated societies. The brown hyenas are dark in coloration with long stringy fur living in the driest areas of southern Africa. They are more timid and generally scavenge. Striped hyenas are golden brown with dark striped across their backs. They live from northern Kenya to the western regions of India. The last species of hyena is called the aardwolf. Aardwolves are small when compared with their larger cousins and feed on insects.

 Striped Hyena at Safari West, Santa Rosa, CA

Striped Hyena at Safari West, Santa Rosa, CA

 Brown Hyena photographed on the farmlands of Namibia

Brown Hyena photographed on the farmlands of Namibia

CLAWS Founder on "Be Provided" Pod Cast

 Dr. Stein taking measurements of "Wetu" the Lioness with Pro Tomeletso. Photo credit: Krystal Wu

Dr. Stein taking measurements of "Wetu" the Lioness with Pro Tomeletso. Photo credit: Krystal Wu

Dr. Andrew Stein was interviewed by Marcia Sivek during a recent session of her podcast "Be Provided". Marcia described the podcast as a way of getting people interested in conservation and learning about the many ways to get involved.  Click on the LINK to hear our conversation.