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The endangered African Lion is one of the most majestic creatures on our planet. The king of the jungle, lions are the only cats that live in family units, and they have been revered throughout history for their courage and strength. Lions once roamed most of Africa and parts of Asia and Europe. However, today they are found only in parts of sub-Saharan Africa, except for one very small population of Asian lions that survives in India’s Gir Forest. There are just 30,000 lions left on our planet, and sadly, many of them are kept in captivity without any chance of freedom.

With so few lions left, it is shocking that people continue to hunt them. The killing of the beloved lion, Cecilstunned the world, but Cecil was just one of more than thousands of lions that are killed every year, many of them in canned hunts. In canned hunts, lions are bred in captivity and then “released” into a closed pen just so that people can get a thrill by shooting them in short range.

The facilities that run these hunts claim that they are contributing to the conservation of the lion species by breeding these animals, but in reality, these animals are incredibly inbred and would, in fact, be extremely detrimental to the gene pool of wild populations. Not to mention, by raising these lions in captivity only so that hunters (the majority of which are Americans), can kill the animals isn’t exactly the spitting image of species protection.

In addition to this horrific industry, thousands of other lions and wild cats are held captive, either in the entertainment industry where they are often abused and neglected, such as in circuses, zoos, and parks. Or they’re captured from the wild and held in people’s backyards as exotic pets. In fact, there are more tigers in people’s backyards than there are in the wild! Don’t these animals deserve better?

This is how all lions should live.

This Stunning Photo Shows Us How All Lions Should Live

 

 

Between canned hunting, the exotic pet trade, and entertainment facilities, few lions have the chance to live the life that this lion does, while protected in Kenya’s Maasai Mara nature reserve. If we don’t act now and protect lions in the wild, scenes like this one above may only be seen in photographs.

Share this post and help raise awareness for the endangered lion. It is up to us to keep this amazing species wild and free!

Image source: Charlotte Rhodes/The Telegraph



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47 comments on “This Stunning Photo Shows Us How All Lions Should Live”

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Majid Yekrangian
10 Months Ago

They deserve to be free and they must.


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Aasia Khan
10 Months Ago

WOW KING OF ANIMMALS


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Michelle Green
10 Months Ago

Wish humans would leave what is not theirs alone


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Donna Keurulainen
10 Months Ago

absolutely !!!"


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Frances DiSalvo
10 Months Ago

True.


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Dave Rule
10 Months Ago

That's so beautiful to bad like the rest of the planet it hasn't got much time left.


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Jaishree Devi
10 Months Ago

Beautiful.


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Max Byrdy
10 Months Ago

Yep, don't try and revive endangered animals in captivity by running breeding programs.


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Trisha Rowden
10 Months Ago

This is how Every creature should live, in harmony with nature! Us included ✌


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Carrie Dykstra
10 Months Ago

Great picture and who took this picture? My mom goes out and takes pictures of birds and the wild horses with other photographers.


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