Published: Saturday 15 April 1995

All is well again with the lions in Tanzania's Serengeti National Park. Their tribe is rapidly increasing, reassures Melody Roelk-Parker, veterinary officer of the Tanzanian national parks. Conservationists in the country were having sleepless nights as canine distemper virus cut a broad swathe last year through the lion population. In certain areas, more than 80 per cent of the big cats succumbed to the deadly disease. But now, not only have the lions stopped dropping dead, they are also well, fecund and inclined enough to reproduce. According to a recent official statement, the lions are back to gambolling. The cause of the virus, however, remains unidentified. It's back to sleepless nights for conservationists.

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