You can help save Africa’s lions

What happened?

At the beginning of July this year, Cecil the lion was shot dead in Zimbabwe. Cecil the lion was a well known attraction at Hwange local National Park and was being tracked for research purposes by the Wildlife Conservation Research Unit at Oxford University. Cecil was lured out of the park at night and then shot with a bow and arrow. It was 40 hours later that he was hunted down and found by the hunters, where he was then killed, beheaded and skinned.

Dr Andrew Loveridge, one of the principal researchers on the project at Oxford University, has said that Cecil and another male lion named Jericho led two prides with six lionesses and a dozen young cubs, and he now fears for the safety of the cubs now Cecil had been killed.

“Jericho as a single male will be unable to defend the two prides and cubs from new males that invade the territory. This is what we most often see happening in these cases. Infanticide is the most likely outcome.” – Dr Andrew Loveridge

Avaaz’s efforts

We are now in a unique position to save the world’s lions. Wealthy hunters from around the world enjoy going to Africa to pay to hunt lions and other exotic animals for sport, and then send their trophies home. Avaaz is heading an effort to ban the import of trophies when they threaten the survival of these animals. With our help, we can reach out to American and European authorities to ban the import of trophies.

Supporting Avaaz

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How you can help

Join with Avaaz and help ban the import of trophies, and save the lions and other endangered animals of Africa.

“As concerned citizens deeply disturbed by the tragic killing of Cecil the lion, we urge you to act swiftly to stop the decline in lion populations across Africa. We call on you to ensure they are classified as an endangered species and ban the import of any hunting trophies that threaten the survival of these majestic animals.” – Avaaz


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