Habitat Loss, Bushmeat Poaching, and Human-Lion Conflict
Human encroachment is the largest threat to lions’ existence.
The grasslands where they roam are decreasing in size by the day, instead providing fodder for cattle and other livestock, or disappearing due to urbanization.
How are humans affecting Lions?
Livestock and human encroachment into lion habitat.
With rapidly growing human populations, there are increasing influxes of livestock and herders in search of better grazing within wildlife areas across Africa – resulting in more conflict between people and lions.
Which country has the highest lion population?
What is being done to save lions?
One way we can all help with lion conservation is through education; in conservation, habitat restoration and reduction of trophy hunting and retaliation killings. One such program is the Big Cat Initiative created by National Geographic .
Why is the lion population decreasing?
Lion threats vary across their range, but the IUCN identifies a few major causes for the decline. For one thing, many of the animals that lions eat are also disappearing due to habitat loss and the growth of agriculture to feed Africa’s growing human population.