It's World Lion Day friends! Just 100 years ago there may have been as many as 500 000 lions which roamed the African continent but today there it is easinated that as few as 16 000 - 30 000 remain, and research by lion biologist Hans Bauer and colleagues suggests lions in much of west, east and central Africa will decline by 50% in the next two decades if something dramatic is not done! The biggest threats facing lions in Africa are poaching of their prey and retaliatory killings by farmers when lions eat their cattle! There is also an emerging threat of lions being used in Chinese medicine as tigers become rarer #wildaid.
We need to work together to save the African king of beasts - lions mean so much to our culture, our evolution and to the remaining wild places we have on earth. National Geographic's Big Cats Initiative is working to build protective bomas for cattle farmers, increase protection against poaching on the ground and educate landowners on how to live with lions. Visit: https://www.nationalgeographic.org/projects/big-cats-initiative today to find out how you can do your bit for lions 🦁
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