Lions are vanishing so fast from their African hunting grounds that they are facing extinction in their wild domain within a generation.
We are currently paying lip service to the conservation needs of a species
Dr Pieter Kat
In the Eighties there were as many as 200,000 wild lions but now it is feared they have reached the “brink of oblivion” after a new population study by the British-based charity LionAid. The charity’s assessment of lions in Africa shows a catastrophic decline, due mainly to disease and hunting, estimating between 645 and 795 wild lions remain in western and central Africa with a further 14,450 lions in eastern and central Africa. Lions are now extinct in 25 African nations and virtually extinct in 10 more. While tigers have the highest level of international protection, the lion has not.
Dr Pieter Kat, director of LionAid, said: “We are currently paying lip service to the conservation needs of a species so greatly important to our cultures and history, and the health of wildlife biodiversity in Africa.”