Follow Marnus and his team as they strive to protect the lions
Over the past 50 years, there has been a dramatic decrease in the lion population, falling from 200,000 to just 15,000 in Africa. Lions are already extinct in 25 African nations, with only 14 African countries still habituated by this species. Conservationists estimate the majority of natural populations of lions will be destroyed in the next 10-20 years, as a result of hunting, poisoning, spearing, trapping and slaughter, a devastating consequence of human interference.
Lions today face numerous threats, including encroachment by humans into lion habitat and the poaching of prey species for the bushmeat trade. Humans pose a serious threat, as lions are targets for hunters as well as herdsmen, who attack these animals in retaliation for killing their livestock. As their source of prey is diminishing and habitat loss is increasing, lions are now listed as Vulnerable by the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature)
Marnus and his team at Walking For Lions strive to protect lions, attempting to understand the daily battles they face in order to help overcome them. By studying and supporting the remaining lion population in Africa, Walking For Lions hopes to ensure their survival. The primary aim for the organisation is to discover how many wild lions remain in Africa, as this would provide a greater understanding of the lions welfare.
Walking For Lions is funded entirely by the generous donations of people like you, and it is these donations that allows the team to form awareness campaigns and provide education for schools and communities, informing society of methods that can protect livestock from predators, as well as educating them on the rules and legislation’s in regards to lions. In particular, the team strive to implement new methods in order to counteract conflict, and work with farmers in order to protect both their livestock as well as lions.
The organisation also aims to assist communities with increasing tourism, which increases pressure on wild animals, departments, anti-poaching units, the community and field guides. With a decline in lion numbers, the constant game viewing and disturbance will affect the animals behaviour, and by providing help to overcome overwhelming workloads, the team can therefore reduce the strain on the community as well as the animals.
Walking For Lions also assists by supplying anti-poaching equipment and aiding the construction of predator proof bomas to areas that endure conflict between humans and animals.
By providing donations you can support this incredibly devoted organisation and their plough to save the lion species from further destruction.
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