Lions were declared "locally extinct" in Gabon in 2002 due to extremely high levels of poaching. One researcher who observed the recent tape was flabbergasted to see the lion so far afield from home.
"I basically couldn't believe it," Phil Henschel, Ph.D., who has surveyed lions in Gabon for the conservation organization Panthera, told CNN. "Not only did we think the lion was extinct in the region, but when I first surveyed in 2001, there was such intense poaching that it was inconceivable that a lion could exist in the area."
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