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Shared Planet – Living with carnivores

Updated Tuesday, 16th July 2013

Shared Planet as if it is really possible for people to amicably live next to large carnivores.

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Asiatic Lion (Panthera Leo Persica), Colchester Zoo Creative commons image Icon Asiatic Lion (Panthera Leo Persica), Colchester Zoo / Spencer Wright / CC BY 2.0 under Creative-Commons license Monty Don presents Shared Planet, the series that looks at the crunch point between human population and the natural world.

In this week's programme we report from India where John Aitchison revels in the sight of two tigers, who magnificent though they are, are now in effect in an island population, separated from the farmland that surrounds the National Park by an electric fence.

Lion biologist Craig Packer from the University of Minnesota will be speaking to Monty about his observations in Tanzania where upward of 100 people a year are being killed by lions raiding villages, the lions allegedly being driven to switch their prey to people by lack of their preferred prey outside the national parks.

David MacDonald, Professor of Wildlife Conservation at Oxford University, will be exploring this area of conflict with Monty in the Shared Planet studio.

Listen to Shared Planet

You can listen to this episode of Shared Planet on BBC Radio 4 at 11:00am on Tuesday 16 July 2013. More information and a link to listen again can be found on the Radio 4 website.

 

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