Today is World Lion Day, a worldwide campaign to celebrate the lion’s place as part of our global culture and to bring attention to the harsh realities facing their survival.
They’re dying you know. Since 1975, almost 90% of the African lion population has been obliterated. That’s over 6,000 lions each year for the last 39 years. No filling the ranks with new offspring, just gone.
It would be so much easier if their existence was only threatened by a single source, but no, there are so many things that are pushing them towards extinction: Loss of habitat, loss of prey, inbreeding, poaching, disease, lion-human conflict, the list goes on and on.
How do we solve them all? Is it even possible?
The realist in me fears that no matter how many marches or Facebook posts there are this is a losing battle and it makes me so damn sad. But as I write this I’m also thankful for the people who put events like this together—the ones that continue to fight and make things happen.
I am helping to spread the word because I hope that I am wrong, that I’m just too negative a person and that we’ll be able to turn things around. Maybe in 40 years future generations will be able to see lions in their natural habitat. Maybe they’ll beat the odds. I sure hope so.
If you’d like to spread the world too, please reblog this post or create one of your own. If you want to go a step further you’ll find a list of various organizations here that could use a donation to keep the wheels spinning and the battle raging.
Either way, do something.