This month Billabong Zoo (Port Macquarie) is highlighting the plight of the African Lion (Panthera leo) as part of our “Conservation through Education” programme. Sadly the African Lion appears on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species listed as Vulnerable.
“The Lion population is inferred to have undergone a reduction of approximately 43% over the past 21 years (approximately three Lion generations, 1993-2014)…” “… Outside sub-Saharan Africa, the Lion formerly ranged from Northern Africa through Southwest Asia (where it disappeared from most countries within the last 150 years), west into Europe, where it apparently became extinct almost 2,000 years ago, and east into India … Today, the only remainder of this once widespread northern population is a single isolated subpopulation in the 1,400 km² Gir Forest National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary. Lions are extinct in North Africa, having perhaps survived in the High Atlas Mountains up to the 1940s ….” extracts from the IUCN website .
Click to read more http://www.iucnredlist.org/details/15951/0
Please enter our African Lion photo competition. To enter simply fill out the entry form on this page. This great photo of one of the African Lions at Billabong Zoo was taken by Jennifer Baker. The winner of the Photo Caption Competition will win an Up-close Personal Encounter with one of Billabong Zoo’s animals – see our website page for details of the Encounters available http://billabongzoo.com.au/attractions/close-up-encounters/
Winner to be announced early May 2017. We look forward to reading your captions.