Lions Might be Listed as ‘Threatened’

Nov 3, 2014 | Categories: Lions | 3 Comments

Last week, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service announced the African lion might get listed as ‘Threatened’ under the U.S. Endangered Species Act. To read an in-depth article on the listing, visit this National Geographic news article.

We at Ewaso Lions believe the listing of lions as Threatened under the Endangered Species Act is warranted given the substantial evidence of the population decline, loss of habitat, and ongoing threats facing lions across the continent.

In northern Kenya, where Ewaso Lions operates, lions face increasing threats from direct persecution from humans. Lions have been killed as a result of negative encounters between lions and pastoralists, primarily over livestock. Without additional conservation measures, the future of Kenya’s lions is uncertain.

It is our hope that listing lions as Threatened will increase the resources needed to bolster conservation efforts across Africa, put stronger regulations in place for sport hunting and lion bone trade, safeguard lion habitat and prey, and raise global awareness about the threats facing lions.

Starting October 29, the public will have 90 days to comment on the proposed listing, with details on how to do so on the FWS website. We welcome having an open dialogue on this complex issue during the comment period.

Please join Ewaso Lions in supporting the listing.

The USA proposes listing lions as Threatened, which would bring increased protections for lions.

3 People have left comments on this post

» Sau tsang said: { Nov 6, 2014 - 04:11:44 }

Agree strongly ! Let’s hope the big rich & powerful hunting safari clubs , professional buntings , gun manugpfacturers & lion hunting & canned lion farm industies will keep their bloody hands off !

» Tim Best said: { Nov 25, 2014 - 07:11:04 }

Filled in “comments” as allowed on FWS website asking for the African Lion to be placed on Threatened List. Implore more to do so!

While placing it on the Threatened List will not solve the problem it may help halt the long and continuing decline, and draw more public attention to the lions’ plight.

Keep up the good work Shivani and Warriors. Best Wishes. Tim

» Jan McGuire said: { Nov 26, 2014 - 03:11:04 }

Just a comment to Sau Tang’s comment. Kenya does not have hunting. Yet they are loosing lions to human wildlife conflict at an alarming rate. I support the efforts of Ewaso Lions. But please read the USFWS actual directive which is included in the article.

It is habitat lose and human wildlife conflict that are the problem with the plummeting lion population. A few days ago in Tanzania a pastoralist who was illegally grazing his cattle in a controlled wildlife area, lost a cow to lions. He and his friends managed to run off the lions then poison the carcass. Seven of a pride of 16 died right then and there. Not to mention anything else that fed – hyenas, jackals and vultures.

Do you know vultures are down over 50% or more in the Maasai Mara – attributed to poisoning of carcasses to kill predators?

These are the real threats. Lion lights such as the ones developed by young Kenyan Richard Turere are the type of things that can help in this situation.

Here are some links.

Please educate yourself and direct your energy into solving the problems of why we are loosing lions and other wildlife.


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