Ethiopia's rare mountain lions

The Kafa Biosphere Reserve in Ethiopia is known for its wild coffee, hippos and crowned eagle. But lions? Scientists were taken by surprise when a rare female mountain lion was sighted there two years ago. Now, a few of the beasts, including some from the former zoo and presidential palace in Addis Ababa, seem to be at home in Kafa’s mountain cloud forests. But, local farmers aren't so happy with the big cats increasingly attacking their livestock during the dry season. German conservation group NABU is helping to compensate farmers and banking on their traditional reverence for lions to help protect the big beasts.

Picture: Bruno D'Amicis



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