They may be seen as ferocious kings of their domain, but lions are suffering at the hands of humans. Half the population has been killed in the last 25 years, and it’s getting worse every day.
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Lions in a pride.
Trophy hunting has taken its toll on the top predator of the savanna. Destruction of wild habitats also means less space for lions, and more likelihood that humans and lions cross paths, leading to conflict. Lions are sometimes killed to protect herds of livestock or to keep them out of human-populated areas.
Speed of a sprinting female lion.
Lions are Africa’s largest and most important carnivore. They keep other animal populations in check, ensuring a healthy ecosystem.
Pounds of food a lion can eat at one time.
But humans and lions compete for food sources: bushmeat (wild game) is an important source of protein and surplus income for some locals, and hunting bushmeat causes lions and humans to encounter each other. Under these circumstances, lions often starve or are killed—sometimes accidentally, sometimes on purpose.
Together, we can
turn things around.™
turn things around.™
The problems lions face are serious, but there is hope. Conservation is cultural, and we work in the heart of local communities to find solutions that work for people and animals alike. With our partners, we are helping change deeply ingrained, often negative, cultural views of lions. In fact, some of the people who used to hunt lions are now the very rangers protecting them. We also "plant seeds for the future" by supporting local schools that educate children and connect them with wildlife.
Your support to the San Diego Zoo Global Wildlife Conservancy can provide dedicated anti-poaching patrols, ways to protect cattle and eliminate livestock as a lion food source, and ensure that the habitats humans and lions share are used in the safest, most efficient ways possible, so everyone wins. We can’t do it without your help.
What You Can Do, Right Now
Give $35 today and provide a week of anti-poaching patrols.