The first World Lion Day has arrived, August 10, 2013.
Here is an interview with David Youldron, the Chief Operating Officer of African Lion & Environmental Research Trust (ALERT), an organization in Zambia dedicated to the preservation and restoration of lion wildlife throughout Africa.[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9chmP6r0eHs?feature=player_embedded&w=500&h=400]
According to ALERT, there are only about 32,000 lions living in the wild in Africa, compared to 200,000 just 40 years ago. Something has to change for lions to survive the next 40 years.
The ALERT website describes its efforts:
ALERT works with communities and policy makers, with conservation managers, researchers and business leaders, to implement locally conceived and relevant solutions that create sustainable motivation to conserve lions amongst these stakeholder groups. ALERT also works with communities to meet the challenges of living alongside a dangerous predator, whilst conducting research to improve our understanding of the lion’s behaviour in Africa’s ecosystems to better inform decision making.
“ALERT is successfully operating pilot programs of our ‘responsible development’ approach in Zimbabwe and Zambia. Other countries have expressed interest in ALERT assisting them to conserve lions, and we expect our approach to expand across the continent until we have achieved real protection of the African lion that ensures their survival.
Date: 10 August 2013