ARE LIONS HEADING FOR EXTINCTION?
Unfortunately the answer to this is a resounding yes!
From birth lions have a constant struggle to survive, mortality in cubs are high, those who survive must struggle with many diseases such as BTB and Anthrax. In South Africa BTB is spreading at an alarming rate and many of the lions in the Kruger are already affected by BTB (See more info on the Diseases page on this web).
Canned and other hunting as well as killing lions for their bones supersedes the number of lions dying from "natural" causes and diseases in National Parks through Africa.
On this page you will find links with further research and articles:
Africa's lions heading for extinction - http://www.peherald.com/news/article/14181
Wild lions near extinction - http://www.citizen.co.za/citizen/content/en/citizen/local-news?oid=415499&sn=Detail&pid=146826&Wild-lions-near-extinction
Canned lion: - http://www.cannedlion.org/
Where have all the lions gone: http://www.lionaid.org/news/2013/02/where-have-all-the-lions-gone.htm
Lions raised to be hunted: - http://www.lionaid.org/news/2013/01/most-lions-in-sa-raised-to-be-hunted.htm
West Africa lions declining at alarming rate: http://www.lionaid.org/news/2013/01/the-lions-fading-roar-declining-west-african-lion-population-hints-at-grim-future.htm
For more, full and up to date reports please visit: http://lionaid.org
What can you do?
Please support the various causes fighting for lions, sign petitions wherever possible, educate and cultivate understanding and love for lions, to all youth, children and other age groups. Use your social media such as facebook, twitter etc to bring the plight of lions to all people.
If you are reading these pages you are obviously interested in lions and if these pages helped you to get a better understanding about these magnificent animals I thank you for taking the time. Please, love them, respect them and protect them, they belong to you, the world and to those who must still come.
Video footage used: Courtesy of BBC Nature Wildlife - displaying BBC video's on this site is for educational purposes - Please do not copy any photos - More lion photos on http://www.pixoto.com/charmane/recent