Dr Andrew J. Loveridge

Kaplan Senior Research Fellow at Lady Margaret Hall


Research Interests

My research interests include behavioural ecology, conservation and management of African carnivores. My D.Phil. research was on the competitive relationship of two sympatric species of African jackal (Canis mesomelas and C. adustus). Since 1999 I have worked on the ecology, conservation and management of African lions (Panthera leo), with a well established, long term study site in Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe. This study has a number of foci, including the ecology of lions in an arid-dystrophic savannah ecosystem, impacts and management of sustainable use (trophy hunting), ecology of human-wildlife conflict and landscape ecology (landscape genetics, habitat corridors and regional conservation). The project works closely with local wildlife and conservation managers and we aim to contribute to and influence management policy. I collaborate closely with scientists from the CNRS Biométrie et Biologie Evolutive laboratory in Lyon, France. More recent research (funded by a Darwin Initiative for Biodiversity Grant) has included studies of ecology, distribution and management of African leopard (P. pardus). I currently co-supervise three D.Phil. students undertaking research on aspects of lion and leopard ecology and conservation. I also supervise several undergraduate research projects in the same field each year. With David Macdonald I edited ‘The Biology and Conservation of Wild Felids' (2010, Oxford University Press).



Email: andrew.loveridge@zoo.ox.ac.uk



Selected Publications

  • Loveridge, A.J., Searle, A.W., Murindagomo, F., & Macdonald, D.W. (2007). The impact of sport hunting on the population dynamics of an African lion population in a protected area. Biological Conservation, 134, 548-558.

  • Loveridge, A.J., Valeix, M., Davidson, Z., Murindagomo, F., Fritz, H., & Macdonald, D.W. (2009). Changes in home range size of African lions in relation to pride size and prey biomass in a semi-arid savanna. Ecography, 32, 1-10.

  • Loveridge, A.J., Packer, C., & Dutton, A. (2009). Science and the recreational hunting of lions. In B. Dickson, J. Hutton & W.M. Adams (Eds.), Recreational hunting, conservation and rural livelihoods (pp. 108-124). Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell.

  • Loveridge, A.J., Hemson, G., Davidson, Z., & Macdonald, D.W. (2010). African lions on the edge: Reserve boundaries as 'attractive sinks'. In D.W. Macdonald & A.J. Loveridge (Eds.), Biology and Conservation of Wild Felids (pp. 283- 304). Oxford: Oxford University Press.

  • Valeix, M., Loveridge, A.J., Chamaillé-Jammes, S., Davidson, Z., Murindagomo, F., Fritz, H., & Macdonald, D.W. (2009). Behavioural adjustments of African herbivores to predation risk by lions: Spatiotemporal variations influence habitat use. Ecology, 90(1), 23-30.

  • Johnson, P.J., Kansky, R., Loveridge, A.J., & Macdonald, D.W. (2010). Size, Rarity and Charisma: Valuing African Wildlife Trophies. PLoS ONE, 5(9). e12866

  • Valeix, M., Hemson, G., Loveridge, A.J., Mills, G., & Macdonald, D.W. (2012). Behavioural adjustments of a large carnivore to access secondary prey in a human dominated landscape. Journal of Applied Ecology, 49, 73-81.

  • Valeix, M., Loveridge, A. J., & Macdonald, D. W. (2012). Influence of prey dispersion and group size of African lions: a test of the resource dispersion hypothesis. Ecology, 93(11), 2490–2496.