The number of lions in Africa has fallen so much that there are growing concerns for the future of the entire species
Africa will lose its wild lion population within the next 10 to 15 years unless something dramatic is done about the situation.In 50 years, Africa’s lion population has declined from 450.000 to 20.000, leopards have followed a similar curve from 700.000 to 50.000 and there are around 8.000 -10.000 cheetah left today. These figures represent a 95% decline in these predator populations.
The lion is a creature of the savannah and semi-open woodlands, but as burgeoning human settlements and overgrazing pick the land clean of grasses, the land turns to dust. Where the land is yet to unravel, subsistence crops or large-scale plantations of cash crops, such as cotton, crowd out the last of the land’s wild creatures.
Under such conditions, neither lions nor the prey species that make up the lion’s diet can survive for very long. With human populations on the rise in a region where food is scarce, many animals are killed for bush meat, while lions increasingly turn to domestic livestock as an alternative source of food. The inevitable result is that conflict between lions and human beings spirals out of control.
In fact there are more captive lions in South Africa than wild ones. This method of “canned hunting” is completely legal in South Africa. Canned hunting is to be stopped!!!
While it is estimated that no more than 20,000 lions remain in Africa, these figures do not accurately reflect the species’ prospects for survival. For a start, no one really knows how many lions there really are left.
Rather than asking how many lions there are it is far more important to ask about the trajectory for the species and about the state of the ecosystems in which they are living. All across Africa, lions are in danger because of human encroachment onto lion lands, unsustainable hunting of the animals that make up the lion’s diet and retaliation against lions for killing livestock
In the Russian Far East, Siberian tigers, a tiger subspecies, are now doing better with all the money invested, because everyone knows about the status of the tiger. I hope to create similar projects in Africa.
Read more by +Chris Mercer
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