Learn how two conservation areas in Tanzania illustrate the importance of park size and location in maintaining population diversity, in this video from NOVA: Wild Ways. The Connecticut-sized Serengeti National Park is home to some 24 prides of lions, each with about a dozen females. Because males have enough room to roam and mate with females from different prides, genetic diversity is maintained. But in the nearby Ngorongoro Crater, the small lion population is isolated and vulnerable to inbreeding. Ngorongoro is emblematic of problems worldwide where biodiversity declines as habitats get increasingly fragmented and isolated due to human impacts. This resource is part of the NOVA Collection.
Caution: Video contains images of lions with carcasses from their hunt.
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