World Lion Day is a celebration held annually on August 10th. The goal of the day is to raise public awareness and support for lion conservation issues.
The lion is known as one of Africa's most iconic animals. Few people realize however that illegal killing, relentless habitat loss and over hunting of wild prey by people has left this species teetering precariously on the brink of extinction.
Lions have vanished from over 80 percent of their historic range and currently exist in 28 countries in Africa and one country in Asia (India). They are extinct in 26 countries. Only 7 countries: Botswana, Ethiopia, Kenya, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe are believed to each contain more than 1,000 lions.(Panthera -Lion)
In the last 75 years Africa's lion population has declined by 90%. These amazing creatures are victims of habitat loss and degradation as well as human conflict.
Today there are more lion statues and images than actual wild lions roaming across Africa. Without immediate action, we may one day live in a world where the only lions we know are statues and mascots.