11 Aug '18, 12am

There were 200,000 #lions roaming #Africa 100 years ago. Today, there are only 23,000.

There were 200,000 #lions roaming #Africa 100 years ago. Today, there are only 23,000.

Almost 200,000 lions roamed Africa one century ago, but recent studies show that the species is extinct in 26 countries across the continent and occupies a fraction of its historical rangeland. With lion populations plummeting by a staggering 43 percent in just the last two decades, the King of the Jungle is now a vulnerable species on the IUCN Red List. Approximately 23,000 of this iconic big cat remain in the wild, although researchers warn that the estimate is optimistic — the actual figure being more likely between as low as 16,500 and not higher than 30,000 . Over the last century, the species has been a victim of poaching, trophy hunting, and human-wildlife conflict. More recently, lion bone trade for use in traditional medicine and wine, as well as climate change are growing threats to its survival. Extinct in North Africa and severely depleted in West and Central A...

Full article: https://www.awf.org/blog/recovering-africas-lost-lion-pop...

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