How the ban on lion hunting killed the lions: Mikkel Legarth at TEDxCopenhagen

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When it comes to animals, people's behavior is usually driven by their emotions instead of facts and knowledge -- it's a behavior that can result in the exact opposite of what was intended. There is no picture perfect or black and white -- conservation is usually a choice between two evils. A choice that can either save some of the world's most iconic animals -- or lead to their extinction. After working with the big cats in Southern Africa, Mikkel Legarth from Denmark co-founded Modisa Wildlife Project - a project that wants to define new standards on how we feel, think and act with regards to conservation.
Watching documentaries and studying books about the wildlife of Africa has been a passion of Mikkel's since forever. A trip to Africa in 2008 completely changed his life. After volunteering to care for the area's big cats, Mikkel extended his stay to 10 months, working in a management position where he oversaw up to 60 volunteers from across the world. Recently he co-founded the Modisa Wildlife Project to help create a better future for the wildlife of Botswana.

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