In Kruger National Park, Bovine Tuberculosis in lion populations is well known. However, there has been limited research to understand how infected lions handle this alien disease. A new study will be launched in 2024 to take a closer look at the outcome of infection and progression of disease. Using new blood tests to diagnose infection, lions will be sampled annually for three years to follow infected animals. Simultaneously, in-field digital X-rays and other techniques will allow veterinarians to identify changes associated with disease and create a clearer understanding on the impact on lions. This demographic study will be a continuation of the work undertaken by Ajubatus in conjunction with South African National Parks (SANParks), which began in 2007.
Lion Demographic Study (2024)
About Kayla Liebenberg
Kayla is a driven and motivated individual who is passionate about wildlife and conservation. She always strives to significantly contribute to the scientific community and throughout her own life. She has worked with renowned researchers in her scientific work, has participated in formal scientific societies, and even presented at conferences, such as the annual Fynbos Forum. At the Ajubatus Foundation, Kayla focuses on broadening our opportunities to collaborate with other organizations, developing products that resonate with our target audience, planning our marketing campaigns, and ensuring that operations go smoothly and reach our targets.