World Lion Day 2018

Luke Street

Today is World Lion Day and so we have taken the opportunity to celebrate these incredible animals through some of Luke Street’s imagery. After all, there are few creatures found in the world that induce the same amount of awe and amazement from the human race.

World Lion Day, celebrated on the 10th August every year, was founded by Big Cat Rescue, the world's largest accredited sanctuary dedicated to big cats. It allows people across the globe to pay tribute to the mighty lion in as many ways as possible.

Lions are an integral part of the entire ecosystem and a corner stone to any African safari. Sadly, today lions find themselves under more pressure than they have ever been. It is believed that just over a century ago more than 200,000 lions roamed across Africa but today's estimations are around 20,000. This is largely as a result of human encroachment which has lead to habitat loss, poaching and also unsustainable hunting practices throughout the previous centuries.

The purpose of World Lion Day is to raise awareness for these majestic cats, but at the same time to celebrate them. There are many people that work tirelessly everyday to ensure that lions have natural spaces in which to roam freely. The open system between the Kruger National Park and the Timbavati allows the lions that our Tanda Tula guests view to move across large areas. In addition, the pride dynamics are constantly changing, to learn more about this read Chad’s blog: Lion dynamics at Tanda Tula.

So, take today to celebrate these incredible felines and together let’s help ensure lions all over Africa get the respect and dignity they not only deserve, but need, in order to continue to thrive.

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