Qatar Natural History Group

People, Nature, Culture

May Talk: LIONS: Winners who lost everything

Speaker: Nobuyuki Yamaguchi, Associate Professor, Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences, Qatar University

Date & Time: Wednesday, May 2sd 2018, 7:00 PM (Doors open at 6:30 PM)

Venue: Doha English Speaking School - Map

Synopsis of talk

Throughout their evolutionary history in the last 2 million years, lions nearly conquered the world. Then, in the last 10,000 years, they suddenly lost everything. In the last 200 years they have become increasingly threatened. Effective conservation is needed to help this charismatic species to continue surviving. The talk will also refer to the distribution of one phylogeographic group of the modern lion that is overlapping with that of the Islamic cultural area. Finally, the talk will cover several other big cats, including leopards, which still occur in the Arabian Peninsula. 

Short biography

I studied endocrinology using Japanese quails for my MSc at the Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan. Then, I studied behaviour and ecology of feral American mink for my DPhil at the Oxford University, Oxford, UK. I have been working on cats, especially lions, tigers, and wildcats, for the last 20 years.
Chairwoman’s note:
Two QNHG talks left and then we are “closed” until October. If you find yourself wondering where the time went and why you did miss so many talks this season, you can still be there for the last two. We have had a slew of non-stop interesting and talented speakers, don’t miss the final ones!

Dr. Nobby Yamaguchi is great supporter of our group, and his research on the distribution and mating habits of the Egyptian hedgehog in Qatar is ground breaking. This Wednesday, he will cover another research topic very close to his heart: the big cats.
It’s also a countdown for the last few rambles, so make sure you sign up and pack your lunch for fun and informative events.


From our librarian:

For those interested to learn more on subjects relevant to this month's talk, stop by our library and check out some of the titles below:

  • Heritage without Borders, 3rd Joint GCC Archaeology Exhibition, Doha - Qatar
  • Origins of Arabia (prehistory and geology)
  • Lost Worlds
  • Sea of Pearls: Seven Thousand Years of the Industry that Shaped the Gulf
  • Pages of Qatar's Pre-History
  • Excavations carried out at Al Zubara - Not to be lent out- Reference Only
  • Qatar and the Sea

Note from Chairwan:

WE NEED VOLUNTEERS- This month it’s a simple plea. Drop me an email and/or talk to me at the May 2 meeting. I will be there by 6:30 carrying the basket of tea and biscuits. See you then!
Please contact me at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Sheri Kenly
Chairwoman QNHG


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