Read as much as you want on BostonGlobe.com, anywhere and anytime, for just 99¢.

Lion ranges, populations dropping in Africa, study says

JOHANNESBURG — The lions that roam Africa’s savannahs have lost as much as 75 percent of their habitat in the last 50 years as humans overtake their land and the lion population dwindles, said a study released Tuesday.

Researchers at Duke University, including prominent conservationist Stuart Pimm, warned that the number of lions across the continent has dropped to as few as 32,000, with populations in West Africa under incredible pressure.

Continue reading below

‘‘Lion numbers have declined precipitously in the last century,’’ the study, published Tuesday by the journal Biodiversity and Conservation, reads. ‘‘Given that many now live in small, isolated populations, this trend will continue. The situation in West Africa is particularly dire, with no large population remaining and lions now absent from many of the region’s national parks.’’

Loading comments...

You have reached the limit of 5 free articles in a month

Stay informed with unlimited access to Boston’s trusted news source.

  • High-quality journalism from the region’s largest newsroom
  • Convenient access across all of your devices
  • Today’s Headlines daily newsletter
  • Subscriber-only access to exclusive offers, events, contests, eBooks, and more
  • Less than 25¢ a week