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
Seeing the musical Cats as a child had a lasting impact on me. For weeks I listened to the soundtrack, pestered my parents for a black cat I could name ‘Mr Mistofelees’ and poured over the brochure. Still today I have a penchant for leggings and legwarmers. To thank for my love of these fantastic feline fables, I have
Andrew Lloyd Webber T.S. Eliot. My homage to ‘Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats‘: