Conservationists call for protection of lions to avert extinction
Conservationists are marking the World Lions Day today, with a warning that the King of the Jungle may soon be extinct if urgent measures are not taken.
Ms.Edith Kabesiime, the Campaigns Manager at World Animal Protection says African lions are facing human and nature induced threats hence the need to prioritize their protection.
“We have witnessed a steady decline of the population of lions in Africa in the last decades as human beings occupy their habitat”, says Ms Kabasiime.
Statistics from the International Union for Conservation of Nature indicate that Africa’s lion population declined from 200,000 in the last century to the current 20,000.
Lions exist in 26 African countries and the continent has lost about 90 percent of the carnivore from its original habitat.
This year’s World Lion Day is marked to raise awareness of the plight of the lion and the issues that the species faces, to find ways to protect the big cat’s natural environment, and to educate people on how to prevent human-wildlife conflicts.