Mwamba’s legacy

DZG’s late Asiatic lion, Mwamba, is continuing vital conservation work after his untimely death.

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The body of the 11-year-old lion, who died from pneumonia, is now at the National Museum of Scotland, in Edinburgh, as part of a major research project into the gene pool of Asiatic big cat species.

Assistant Curator, Richard Brown, said: “Mwamba was an important male lion in the Asiatic gene pool, so we are proud that his legacy will live on as he helps carry out great work after his death.

“Researchers will be using his DNA and skeleton during a study of generations of Asiatic lions, which will aid future conservation programmes into this endangered species.”

Approximately 250 – 300 Asiatic lions survive in the wild today and these are restricted to the Gir Forest Wildlife Sanctuary in Western India, a site sadly threatened by habitat destruction, encroachment by humans and poaching.