But Phil Henschel, Panthera's Lion Program Survey Coordinator, told Voice of America that regardless of the costs and challenges of enforcement, Senegal is running out of excuses for failing to protect its share of West African lions. Nearby Burkina Faso and Benin have successfully led the charge fighting over-grazing and poaching -- and even bigger threat -- to conserve 90 percent of West Africa's lions. Senegal can follow their lead. "Those two countries are seriously investing in lion conservation and protected area management in general," Henschel said, "and it's paying off."
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