Wild Lion populations have declined by 93 % in just one century.
Their loss signals the loss of the wild in Africa. Less than 20.000 Lions are left in the wild. Lions are extinct in 26 African countries and have vanished from over 90 % of their historic range. Though lions still exist in 27 African countries and 1 Asian country, only seven countries are known to each contain more than 1000 Lions.
Is there a future for Africa’s Lions?
Human population growth is a serious threat, as more and more of the lions’ habitat outside national parks is taken for farmland and livestock production, and populations of prey, like antelopes, buffaloes, and zebras, dwindle. Prey base depletion is linked to habitat loss, but as well to poaching and bushmeat trade. Also important among the causes of decline are indiscriminate killing in defence of human life.
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Across the entire African continent, the lion, a symbol of strength and majesty, is threatened with decline. Habitat Loss is the biggest single threat to Lions. Outside fenced parks and reserves, there is hardly any room left for Panthera leo. Scientists and conservationists warn that the king of the steppes has lost most of his habitat. One of the main reasons is the continuous disappearance of their habitat. With shrinkingContinue Reading
The Captive Lion Bone Trade Asian traders only started taking an interest in South African lions in 2008 when the decline in tiger numbers became acute. The demand for cat bones in Asia has suddenly become great recently. Many farmers who practised illegal lion hunting in the past and buried the carcasses are now digging up these carcasses to sell to people in the Far East. South Africa’s captive bigContinue Reading
Trophy Hunting Not much seems to have changed in the appetite for triumphal photos among big-game enthusiasts. So, Ernest Hemingway had this trophy hunting picture made in January 1934. When Hemingway shot this lion, they were thought to number 250.000 or more in Africa. The Lion range covered most of the continent. There were large populations across Turkey, India and southwest Asia, sadly, they exist no longer. While habitat loss andContinue Reading
Canned hunting The definition of Canned Hunting is “a trophy hunt in which an animal is kept in a confined area, such as a fenced-in area, increasing the likelihood of the hunter obtaining a kill.” More than 20 years ago, in 1997, the findings of The Cook Report investigation were presented to the public. The British programme featured Roger Cook travelling the world to investigate serious criminal activity, injustice andContinue Reading
The cub petting scam Over 200 lion parks, roadside zoos and scamtuaries in South Africa offer tourists and volunteers the chance of a lifetime. They pay to bottle-feed, cuddle and interact with very young lion cubs. All in the name of conservation. Social Media is flooded with heart-warming images of visitors cuddling lion cubs. Lions walking peacefully alongside volunteers. However, the interaction with these animals is falsely portrayed. The pettedContinue Reading
Poisoning means a severe threat to the survival of wild lions as humans encroach on their available habitat. Poison has crippling effects on the lives of humans, animals and the environment for long periods. Michael Schwartz wrote for National Geographic: “The sad reality is that people living near lions don’t have the luxury of simply avoiding them. So, they naturally take matters into their own hands, which unfortunately often endsContinue Reading
The primary reason for bushmeat hunting is to acquire meat for human consumption. This occurs nearly entirely in developing countries across Africa, South America, and Southeast Asia. In addition to severe ecological impacts, illegal bushmeat hunting causes serious negative economic and social impacts on lion populations. Killing methods such as snaring are silent and harm many species across the board from ungulates to carnivores and even elephants. The devastating reductionContinue Reading
Lion bone trade is a relatively new revenue stream for the lion breeding industry. And it isn’t a by-product of canned hunting anymore. The reckless exploitation of the lions, whose lives begin as petting cubs for local and international tourists, who are being walked like dogs, before becoming too large to pet and too tame for the wild… and are relocated to farms where hunters pay exorbitant fees to killContinue Reading
This letter was sent to Minister Edna Molewa by CACH UK upfront to the planned colloquium in August 2018 How the DEA is sabotaging the SA Department of Tourism: see the annexed Nash report from CACH. Everyone knows that lion breeding and canned lion hunting in South Africa has attracted significant international criticism and that this has increasingly damaged South Africa’s image abroad. Yet your Department spends millions every yearContinue Reading
Cecil the Lion was killed by Walter Palmer in 2015, sparking an international outcry and greater scrutiny of trophy hunting for the heads, skins, or other body parts of wild animals. The thirteen-year-old Cecil had been studied by scientists from Oxford University as part of a project that has run since 1999. Cecil’s death has become a powerful symbol for the misery of African lions. Many have realized that the circle of life is closing on the king of the jungle.
On the face of it, the reasons are not hard to discern: In an era of dwindling wildlife, proliferation of threatened species and large-scale poaching of elephants and other beasts, big-game hunting in Africa does not hold the allure it may have had in Teddy Roosevelt’s day. And Cecil was no ordinary cat.
The 13-year-old lion was a star attraction at the Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe, out of which the hunters lured him with a carcass, and he wore a collar by which scientists at the University of Oxford had been tracking him since 2008. It was wrong and, according to the Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force, illegal to kill Cecil.
What can we do?
SUPPORT – Project support is required at many places and for many projects.
ATTENTION – Lions at petting or walking facilities are later shot in canned hunts.
AWARENESS – the iconic Lion species is under major risk of extinction – share our Facebook Page with your friends.
FUNDRAISING – help with fundraising projects and donations – Join our Facebook Group.
CONSCIOUSNESS – there are many places where Lions only bred to be cuddled, photographed, walked with.