Imagine a world where they are no wild lions left to roam the plains of Africa or the Gir forest in India? Imagine a world where the lion only exists in fairytales, movies and history books? This is a roar for lions, for they need our help, and they need it now.
“ A lot of things in life are very funny. The rapid decline of wild lion populations and trophy hunters killing lions for sport are not… You don’t even have to be famous to make a difference.” – Ricky Gervais.
It has taken just 50 years to almost wipe out the most iconic animal on the planet. What does that say about the human race? Traditional conservation methods have failed spectacularly, along with ugly vested interests. For some inexplicable reason the ‘king of the jungle’ is the Cinderella of the charity world. It is the elephants, rhinos and orang-utans that get all the publicity and donations, while the lion is left to rest on its dusty, regal laurels, out of favour, and dangerously out of time, mythologized only by tourists rudely clambering all over their stately forms in Trafalgar Square, or history buffs reading about the tales of a king who was considered so brave, he was known as King Richard the Lionheart.
Professor Stephen Hawking and Wild Lions
And what of CS Lewis and his marvellous tales of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, and the wise and noble lion, Aslan, which so enthralled this budding writer as a child? Where are our lionhearted young conservationists? We need JK Rowling to adopt the lion and maybe Professor Stephen Hawking, who rumour has it cares about lions and is really good at stirring things up, when urgent action is needed! Come on Professor Hawking, could you come up with a theory that proves that the demise of the lion is our canary in the cage, and that we might as well all get in a spaceship and move to Mars if we don’t recognise the importance of this top predator, and start to create habitats where the wild lion can thrive, reproduce and protect bio diversity.
The African lion has been on the critically endangered red list since last year and Lionaid, the leading lion conservation charity estimates that there are just 13-14,000 wild lions left in Africa – in ten years they could be gone forever.
There is no time to waste. Let’s mobilize for lions. This is what you can do. Join Lionaid now. Donate to help fund their vital conservation work in Africa and let’s roar until governments and the peoples of this world stand up for Panthera Leo.