Lion conservation in the spotlight
With the recent uproar surrounding Cecil the lion’s death, lion conservation has been thrust into the forefront of headlines worldwide. Today, we celebrate World Lion Day 2015 to commemorate these fascinating creatures and raise awareness of the plight of the world’s most iconic species!
Although they may not be the most endangered big cat in the world, the ever-increasing loss of habitat and threatening human conflict - both from outsiders and locals alike – mean lion numbers are deteriorating worldwide. Their current extinction risk, according to the WWF, is vulnerable and with a 30% loss in the last 20 years we need to be doing all we can to protect these precious animals.
Subspecies of lions have been notoriously difficult to determine and the exact number is somewhat disputed. There is only one subspecies of lion outside of Africa which is the Asiatic lion found solely in Sasan-Gir National Park in India. Amongst the African subspecies however, there are certain characteristics that can be used to differentiate animals based on their location.