India's Gujarat state is home to Asian lions and has seen 256 lions die in the past five years.
ZSL is partnering with the Gujarat Forest Department to help secure the future of these charismatic carnivores: www.zsl.org/lions400
Over 90% of India's griffon vultures have vanished in the last decade. Luckily, ZSL helped contribute to some impressive conservation science that showed the drug, diclofenac, was to blame. Farmers give this drug to their cows and in turn the vultures ingest it from the carcasses, causing liver failure and death.
ZSL has participated in getting legislation to be put in place, as well as carrying out survey work, captive breeding and community education programmes to help protect the remaining populations.
Scientists warn against new bill for UK native species
Twenty four leading scientists have signed an open letter in the journal Nature calling for changes to the government’s proposed Infrastructure Bill, which they claim “will lead to an irreversible loss of native biodiversity.”