TODAY, MONDAY 10 AUGUST, IS WORLD LION DAY.
Lions are rapidly declining in numbers worldwide.
- Trophy hunting, such as that which killed Cecil in Zimbabwe last week.
- Human wildlife contact – lions are shot or trapped by farmers (community and commercial) when they have killed or are thought to have killed their livestock.
- Loss of habitat due to pressure on land from farming, mining, housing, roads etc.
- Poaching, for body parts – for ‘traditional’ medicines in parts of Asia.
- Disease and natural disasters such as drought.
WHAT CAN YOU DO TO HELP?
- Support projects that help community farmers live with lions. We strongly recommend that run by AfriCat in Nambia.
- Encourage the banning of animal trophies from hunting being brought into the EU.
- Promote efforts like those from Wild Aid in stopping the trade in lion parts for medicine.
- Share your feelings with others. Together we can make a difference.
Tammy Hoth-Hanssen Director of the AfriCat Foundation with Emmanuel collaring a lion on farmland near Etosha, Namibia, as a part of the lion research and wildlife mitigation programme.