A hundred years ago, Africa had more than 200,000 lions, however, it has shrunk to about 21,000 today, making it one of the smallest populations of any animal in the world, according to the United Nations.
Lions are the only cats who live in groups. They are known for being loyal to their family. Not their biological family but their pride, this sometimes means that they do not keep family members in their pride especially if they are male.
A male lion may banish his kin from the pride if there is a possibility of him becoming competition. Thereafter, the male lion, now old enough, must form his own pride. They do this by taking over another lion’s pride. Lions in a pride protect each other from outsiders and predators. Prides consist of 2 – 40 lions, this is made up of about 4 male lions, plus or minus a dozen lionesses, and their young. Since 1995, the number of lions has decreased by 50%, meaning that they are vulnerable to extinction according to the National Geographic.
At Wild and Free Foundation, we aspire to protect wildlife and eventually reach a point where we co-exist with them in harmony. Lions are undeniably dangerous animals when they are not tamed. This is because they have natural instincts which include preying on animals and people. Everything within our ecosystem was created to function co-operatively which implies that each of our roles are important, this pertains to the lion species as well. It is vital that we find an alternative solution whereby animals and humans can peacefully share the earth. By touching the hearts and minds of people and teaching them about the value these mighty creatures have within our ecosystem, we believe we can preserve more nature and wildlife. It was mankind’s doing to fence in and attempt taming our ecosystem therefore, it is mankind’s responsibility to live wild and free with wildlife and nature.