Billabong Zoo, Port Macquarie, NSW 2444 – African Lions

 © https://www.panthera.org

This month Billabong Zoo, Port Macquarie, NSW 2444 is highlighting the work of a great conservation organisation – Panthera – as part of our “Conservation through Education” programme. This is an extract from their website : https://www.panthera.org/cat/lion

“Lions have undergone a catastrophic decline and are on the brink of extinction in all but the largest and best managed national parks. Just over a century ago, there were more than 200,000 wild lions living in Africa. Today, there are only about 20,000; lions are extinct in 26 African countries and have vanished from over 90 percent of their historic range. Though lions still exist in 27 African countries and one Asian country, only seven countries are known to each contain more than 1,000 lions. Lions are currently listed as “Vulnerable” on the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species. In West Africa, the species is now classified as “Critically Endangered.” 

To read more about their hands-on conservation programmes visit the Panthera website.  https://www.panthera.org/cat/lion

For information about the two Ambassador lion cubs at Billabong Zoo click this link. http://billabongzoo.com.au/portfolio-item/african-lions/