Africa’s lion population is falling

The lion is Africa’s best known carnivore. Once widely abundant across the continent, recent surveys show that lion populations have plunged from over 100,000 individuals to around 23,000 over the past century. The reason for recent declines? Lions are poisoned, shot, and speared by locals who see them as a threat to livestock. While lion populations in protected areas remain relatively healthy, conservationists say that without urgent measures, lions may disappear completely from unprotected areas.

Snares are set to catch lions both to “preserve” livestock, and to collect hides.

Big game hunters from around the world travel to Africa for a chance to take down the “King of Beasts” so that they can mount its head on their wall.

To read the full article and an interview with lion researcher Leela Hazzah click here

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3 Replies to “Africa’s lion population is falling”

  1. DAVID

    i THINK THAT WAS CRUEL AND STUPID OF YOU IF I WHERE YOU I WOULD TRY TO SAVE THEM NOT KILL THEM.

  2. Liz

    Lions are the symbol of power, but all power has it’s limits. However, just because that’s true, doesn’t mean that we, as humans, should take advantage of that. No, instead, because we are able, we should help the lions grow, develop. I mean, take a normal human family for example. There’s the Dad, the Mom and the kid(s). Now, the parents nurture their children and help them grow. They protect and feed them, and play with them. Now, that’s exactly what the lions in a pride do, but because humans are so thoughtless of others, we’ve destroyed their lands, their food sources, and now we’re hunting them, and poisoning them, all because we don’t have the space we want, and because we don’t want our livestock to be killed.
    I can understand that, yes, livestock may be the only way to provide fr yourself, but to be so selfish that a lion eating one of two so they can stay alive? No! I don’t agree with that.
    From all the reports of some many animals being hunted into extinction, I figure that sometime in the future, humans may be the only creatures left on the planet, and then where will we be? Where can we go after that?
    Well, there’s my comment… Maybe a little too much like a tirade of some kind, but maybe it could help get the point across.
    The point being, power has it’s limits. (hint, hint, humans???) Just wait for the killer apes to take over, you know, the ones from Congo?

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