Experiencing an African Lion safari
is just about the closest thing you'll get to a safari
rush. Seeing the king of the beasts in their natural
habitat, unhibited and carefree, can leave a lasting
impression on even the most hard to please critic. But
how much longer will the lion be around for safari seekers
to study in the wild.
Believe it or not, this seemingly indestructible creature,
whose demeanor exudes such strength and character, is
dwindling in numbers so rapidly that at the current
rate of decline, the lion may very well become just
another statistic in the story of evolution.
Dwindling Lion Numbers
Once the lion roamed the wilds of Africa in numbers.
Virtually unchallenged, they ruled with stealth like
precision as the "top dogs" in the food chain. There
were more than 200,000 lions worldwide two decades ago;
now, their numbers have plummeted to under 25,000. An
African lion safari in a decades time could literally
mean visiting your local zoo and viewing them through
iron bars and glass panels.
Did You Know?
African lions are naturally protected. Despite the fact
that their numbers have decreased alarmingly through
farming expansion and drought they are still a dangerous
animal. Reports of people being mauled by lions are
Farming Vs. Lions
Currently, lions are confined mainly to wildlife and
national parks as programs are put into place to halt
their slide into oblivion. Still, Africa's national
parks are an ideal way for the lion to maintain some
semblance of it's natural environment and more importantly,
they are safe from their biggest enemy, human progress.
You see, there has been a clash of difference between
lions and the progress of African farming. To put it
bluntly, one of them has to go. Unfortunately for fauna
enthusiasts, it's the lion.
Lions have been shot in great numbers in recent years
as the African farming landscape is extended. Why? Because
lions and farming livestock cannot co-exist. Farmers
understandably are intolerant to the king of the beasts
who innocently view the livestock as fair game, much
to their detriment.
Re-populating lion numbers has been a contentious issue
but some great work has nevertheless been undertaken
in this area. Funding for such programs has been a real
issue with lion rescue groups often having to rely on
public support. For some countries in central and even
western Africa, it's almost too little too late as lion
numbers have almost completely diminished. There are
many difficulties in managing african lion re-population.
Breeding programs are fine but the problem is in re-locating
animals into new environments among established prides.
More often than not, they are not accepted by the existing
An African lion safari sounds like a great adventure
on the surface. A great way to get as close as possible
to the king of the beasts in their natural habitat.
Let's hope that the only place we'll find lions over
the next couple of decades is not in nature books.
About the Author:
Dean Caporella is a professional broadcaster. Ignore
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