Lions Face Extinction in West Africa

The plight of the West African Lion has received some coverage (from Mongabay and National Geographic for example – but not, sadly, from mainstream media) and the graphic below sums up the situation.  According to the Mongabay report, “Booming human populations, expanding livestock herds, declining prey populations due to habitat loss and poaching, and a potent mix of poverty and underfunded parks have pushed the West African lion to the brink.” West African lions have lost a staggering 98.9% of their historical range.

Distribution map of the last surviving West African lions. Graph courtesy of Panthera.

Distribution map of the last surviving West African lions. Graph courtesy of Panthera.

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3 thoughts on “Lions Face Extinction in West Africa

    • Until humans learn they are part of nature, and not of greater importance than other animals, there will be no end. I hope wildlife still exists when we learn that lesson.

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