On World Lion Day – 10th August – Roar in honour of Cecil the Zimbabwe Lion and support the AfriCat Lion Guardians.
PHOTOs: In this undated photo from the Wildlife Conservation Research Unit, Cecil the lion rests in Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe. | Tammy from AfriCat with Emmanuel collaring a lion on farmland near Etosha as a part of the lion research and wildlife mitigation programme.
Lions are rapidly declining in number worldwide: The reasons being?
- Trophy hunting – e.g. the kind of hunting that killed Cecil.
- Human wildlife conflict – lions are shot or trapped by farmers (community and commercial) when they have killed or 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 e.g. drought.
WHAT WE ALL CAN DO . . .
- Help the research and conservation initiatives e.g. Wildcru, the study that Cecil was a member and others . . .
- Support projects that help community farmers live with the lions e.g. the project run by AfriCat:
Donate to the AfriCat Lion Guardians Project
- Encourage the banning of animal trophy’s from hunting into EU.
- Promote efforts like those from ‘Wild Aid’ in stopping the trade in lion parts for medicine.
- Explore the issues, share information, learn more and fundraise for those working in the area of conservation and research such as
The AfriCat Hobatere Lion Research Project.
The AfriCat Hobatere Lion Research Project Update June 2015
Share your feelings with others . . . . together we can make a difference!