Over the last two decades, Africa has lost between 30-50% of it’s lions and now far less than 32,000 animals remain.
Why is this happening?
- Habitat loss – as human populations expand more and more land is being lost to farming causing lion populations to become fragmented and their prey species depleted
- Trophy Hunting – in some countries trophy hunting, which involves the selective killing of wild animals, including lions, for sport, is still legal.
- Trade – in South East Asia wild lion bones and other body parts are increasingly sought after for use in so-called traditional medicine.
- Entertainment – around the world zoos and circuses keep lions captive for our entertainment
Your local zoo may have moved away from taking animals from the wild to stock their cages, but this is still not the case for aquariums and sea life centres.
In 2004, 79% of animals held in public aquariums had been taken directly from their ocean home to live in tanks and recent investigations have found that little has changed.Read More›