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Geographical helps readers to navigate an ever-changing and complex world. Featuring the most talented and perceptive writers, we deliver rigorous and entertaining journalism that helps you to keep a global perspective.
In The Geographical Podcast, you can listen to excerpts from Geographical’s monthly print magazine. Each month, we’ll be sharing a feature-length story, covering the issues that shape our ever-changing world. Plus, interviews with contributors will give you an audible glimpse of what’s inside the pages of the print magazine.
The changing geography of sexuality; and an end to the captive breeding and canned hunting of South African lions
This month, we turn our attention to the changing geography of sexuality. As historic bars and clubs close down in many of the world’s cities, or even where such spaces never existed, queer people are finding other ways to gather. Our long read this month was written by Katie Burton, Geographical’s editor, and is narrated here by actor Simon Paisley-Day.
In the second half of the podcast, we bring some promising news from the world of lion conservation. Government officials in South Africa have announced plans to reconsider the breeding of lions in captivity for trophy hunting and tourist encounters. The decision marks a shift in South Africa’s stance on the so-called ‘canned hunting’ industry. We speak with Will Travers OBE, co-founder of Born Free Foundation – an animal welfare charity that has long campaigned to bring an end to the ‘canned hunting’ industry. Dr Paul Funston, Director of the Lion Program at conservation charity Panthera then talks us through the industry’s links with the illegal wildlife trade, and what the decision could mean for the illicit, international market for lion body parts.