My favourite Lion picture….
But what is the future of Lions in Africa? Alas, it is quite bleak and a cause of great concern. According to an IUCN study by Bauer and Van Der Merwe (2004), the Lion population in Africa stands at around 23,000..(must be down further in these 6 years) which is down from about 1,50,000-180,000 in the 1980′s…a steep decline of nearly 90% in just about 25 years !
We think only the Tiger is on the decline..and somehow ignore the fate of the Lion..so all the ‘amazing sightings’ one gets in the Masai Mara are sadly not reflective of the true picture of the status of these magnificent Cats…such a sobering thought..