Imagine the world without flora and fauna. It is difficult to imagine a world where we can’t hear the sound the wind blowing through the tall grass. People around the globe has failed to understand the importance of wildlife conservation. Not are aware of the what steps need to be taken to preserve wildlife? Wildlife plays a crucial role in this delicate ecosystem and without wildlife the human race would not survive.
Lion is known as the king of the forest and is a majestic beast in the animal kingdom. The roar of the lion is very famous and roars very loudly, whenever it roars, all the animals run away in fear. It only hunts when its feel hungry. The World Lion Day is celebrated across the world on 10th August every year and aims to spread awareness to save the lion from extinction. Also, people come together to educate each other about lions and issues concerning the preservation of the species.
The Event was started by Dereck and Beverly Joubert, a husband-and-wife team whose passion for big cats. The cause was started in 2013, in collaboration with National Geographic and the Big Cat initiative under vision to protect the remaining big cats’ population in the wild. In recent times we have seen changed in the natural environment which has affected the population of the Big cat in Africa and select part of Asia.
As per latest update, researchers estimate that there are between 30,000 and 100,000 lions left on the Earth. If we don’t take any significant action, there is a possibility they could find themselves on the endangered list alongside other species most at risk of extinction.
Recognizing the need of the hour to conservation of lions, has three crucial objectives: –
- The first being creating of the plight of the lion and the issues that the species faces in the wild.
- The second is to find ways to protect the big cat’s natural environment, such as creating more national parks
- The third is to teach persons who live near wild cats on the dangers and how to protect themselves
As per our scriptures the Asiatic lion wandered over the Indo-Gangetic plains, covering from Sindh in the west to Bihar in the east. Paintings and literature also show that the lions were the royal animal during the Mauryan and the Gupta period and held an important place during the Mughal rule too.
The Asiatic lion are located in the restricted Gir forest and its surrounding areas. As per latest report, the number of Asiatic lions in Gujarat’s Gir forest are on the rise and grown almost 29% in the span of last five years. The State Forest department had informed that the lion populations is stand at 674.
This consist of 161 male, 260 female, 45 sub adult male, 49 sub adult female, 22 unidentified and 137 cubs. There has been a consistent increase in the population over the years. The Indian government has various steps to ensure the protection of the species through numerous schemes and initiatives. As responsibility citizen of the world to conserve the kingdom of this royal species and ensure that the status of the lion as the king is maintained. The main reason being if the king goes extinct the entire animal kingdom will collapse.