#worldlionday is today and to me, no animal is as regal or symbolizes strength and power then a Lion. They're revered all over the world and feared by man and beast. To hear a lion's roar, not far from my tent, at night was awesome and terrifying.
However, they face an uncertain future. The population have declined over the years from the loss of habitat, trophy hunting, human conflict and now the trade for their bones for chinese medicine. It's sad to see their numbers drop so much, especially considering at one point, they were the most widespread land mammal after humans.
I hope more efforts are made to preserve and protect them, so they can maintain their title as King of the Beast!
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Image by @beverlyjoubert. Africa's lion population has declined 90% in the last 75 years, threatened by a range of factors including habitat loss and degradation as well as conflicts with humans.
Since 2009, National Geographic’s Big Cats Initiative has funded more than 70 of the most innovative conservationists and their work to identify, test, and scale on-the-ground solutions to help save big cats in the wild.
Saving lions starts with people—both our Big Cat Initiative grantees and with you. This #WorldLionDay, you can be part of the solution to save lions by donating to National Geographic’s Big Cats Initiative. Together we can ensure lions and other big cat species can survive and thrive.
World Lion Day 🦁 I still marvel at the memory of being among such beautiful beasts. I was lucky to be around them long enough to understand the personalities and traits of each of the lions I worked with. Witnessing their natural wonder was one of the greatest experiences of my life.
And still their persistence remains threatened as we continue to restrict their movement, create conflict and poach them. From 200,000 to 20,000. We need to create a better place for all beings on this planet and restore what's been lost. #lionrecoveryfund#worldlionday#WWF#savelions#antelopepark#dingani#sook#bigcatinitiative#nationalgeographic
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Once spread across Asia, today only 500-odd individuals of the Asiatic Lion species remain in a small habitat in Gir forest of Gujarat, India. I had a chance to spot this charismatic species in the wild few years back and the memory is just as fresh.
Happy World Lion Day Friends!
Did you know Africa's lion population has declined 90% in the last 75 years? In conjunction with @natgeo's Big Cat Initiative, this week I am sharing images and stories celebrating World Lion Day which is observed on August 10th.
Lions, those powerful and apex predators, are the icons of the African continent. One of the Big 5 that tourists and visitors strive to see, are vanishing right before our very eyes. Under threat from habitat loss as well as conflicts with humans, the loss of this beauty is having devastating effects on our ecosystem.
Through the Big Cat Initiative, which was founded by National Geographic Explorers-in-Residence @beverlyjoubert and @dereckjoubert, they are partnering with top researchers to fund critical studies and projects on the ground to not only protect these beautiful animals but also raise awareness and conservation efforts.
This juvenile male lion was photographed traversing the waters as he followed a herd of buffalo in Moremi Game Reserve in the Okavango Delta of Botswana.
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Leopard! I finally got to see a leopard in the wild, he was sleeping in the shade by the side of the road and when we stopped, he slowly got up and walked right in front of our car. So beautiful!! @sgalpin74#bigcatinitiative#leopard#namibia