What are some myths about trophy hunting

The king of the beasts is in danger

Lions are increasingly losing their habitat

Once upon a time, lions were numerous and widespread. Today there is only a residual population in Africa. NABU International is committed to the preservation of your habitats and the fight against trophy hunting.

There are fewer than 30,000 lions on earth. - Photo: Ingela Jansson

The lions' range once stretched from Africa across southwest Asia to Europe in the west and India and Pakistan in the east. After being hunted unrestrainedly and captured by the thousands in ancient times, they gradually disappeared. In the 13th century, lions were extinct in the eastern Mediterranean, 500 years later they disappeared from Iraq, Iran and Pakistan. The last Saudi Arabian lion was killed in 1923. To date, lions have lost 85 percent of their original range. With the exception of a tiny remaining population in southwest India, there are only lions on the African continent. Their number has dropped below 30,000.

The loss of their habitats remains the greatest threat to the remaining lions. People move to the areas where lions live, their pets displacing the lions' natural prey such as gazelles and zebras. If lions attack domestic animals, it will lead to their persecution by shepherds and farmers. In Ethiopia, NABU has therefore set up a fund for the protection of lions. It is intended to support and compensate the local population in the event of attacks on pets and thus promote peaceful coexistence between humans and animals.


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52 lions now only live in the Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania on the edge of the Serengeti - only half as many as could actually live there. NABU International is committed to saving the "king of animals". Help us with your donation!

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Trophy hunters are a serious threat to the pride of lions. - Photo: Ingela Jansson

600 victims annually through trophy hunting

Another source of endangerment for lions is hunting. Trophy hunting is particularly problematic. Here hunters pay a certain amount to be able to shoot a lion. Stately, large male lions with a mighty mane are particularly popular. But if these are killed, this can have consequences for the continued existence of an entire pack. Because if a male lion leaves the pack, a new one moves up. This kills - despite the mother's efforts to defend her offspring - all the young in the pack so that only its own genes are passed on.

Every year around 600 lions die from trophy hunters and thousands are killed in other ways. It's almost inconceivable, but if it continues like this, there will be no more lions in Africa at some point.


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