#humanesociety - This #WorldLionDay , let's remember Cecil and his son Xanda who were both killed by trophy hunters. Help protect these beautiful animals, as well as many others, by making trophy hunting a thing of the past before it's too late. Sign the pledge to End #TrophyHunting today using the #linkinbio - #regrann
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. donate. ngs.org/ bigcats
Video of the Day: For the love of lions. The majestic species has been declared vulnerable and is experiencing a solemn decline in population size.
Animal behaviorist + conservationist @lionwhisperersa spoke on the matter for #WorldLionDay: "Can you even imagine a world without this iconic creature? Have you ever wondered why it is the lion that has been used as the symbol of royalty and power throughout the ages of mankind? In every major city I've been to on my travels, there has always been a statue of a lion somewhere in the city center, seemingly playing a protective role. Humans have long recognized the importance of this magical creature but sadly modern man is on a mission to see their demise. Let's not let that happen under our watch. We have the ability and voice to make a change. Let's do our bit and spread the message about the plight of lions in captivity and the wild."
You can catch the full through the link in our Facebook post.
No, this lion cub was not happy to see me, it was just doing what all cubs do-chew on almost anything. But I was happy to see it, because just a few years ago near the Matetsi River Lodge on the Zambezi River in Zimbabwe, not far from Victoria Falls, poaching and trophy hunting had nearly wiped out most of the game animals. Conservation and anti-poaching have paid off and now Matetsi is again home to several prides of lions. Follow @kengeiger for more images from Matetsi, Zimbabwe #lion#Zimbabwe#happy@natgeoexpeditions#natgeolodges#natgeoexpeditions#worldlionday
Apparently it's #worldlionday according to @natgeo so here's a throwback to actually seeing actual lions actually doing actual lion things (actually just drinking water but, still). A lifetime of gratitude to @pride_and_joia for giving us the opportunity.
L is for Lion
Had some fun playing with collage based on doodles I did on #worldlionday last week.
I was attracted to his strange shape and larger than life mane, although I didn't expect him to turn out so much like an orange or flying lemon hybrid. I think I had parsley the lion on my mind, and sunflowers.
Happy 6th birthday Zakara and Happy #InternationalLionDay . Zakara was rescued from a breeding farm, and she was used to produce cubs for no other reason than for her owners to make money. Zakara was bred from two, and had all of her cubs taken away from her so that they could be hand reared. Zakara is slightly more wild in her behaviour, and this paired with the fact that she has not always been well-treated by humans in the past, means that she can be quite suspicious and untrusting of humans, especially those she is not familiar with. Her favourite things to do are: roaring loudly along with all her fellow pride members here at the sanctuary, playing with enrichment toys that we make for her, and testing the bravery of our volunteers by play stalking them behind the fence! #bigcatsanctuary#savethelions#nobreeding#nocubpetting#bancannedhunting#banthrophyhunting#lion#southafrica#worldlionday