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Appeal of the Director of Environment on World Lion Day 10th August 2019

 APPEAL OF THE DIRECTOR OF ENVIRONMENT ON WORLD LION DAY 10th AUGUST 2019

World Lion Day is observed on August 10 of every year. World Lion Day aims to raise awareness of the majestic hunter, simply known as the king of the jungle. Lion is one of the big cat in the Panthera genus and a member of the Felidae family. Lions in the wild exhibit very similar behaviour, especially when smaller females or younger animals join up with the more dominant lions in the pride. Lion is the second-largest living cat after the tiger.

World Lion Day was created by Big Cat Rescue, the world’s largest accredited sanctuary dedicated to big cats. It is a perfect day for people to come together from across the world to give tribute to the mighty lion in as several ways as possible. On this occasion for all of us, the numbers of lions have dramatically declined to the point where the species wants to be placed on the list of endangered. 

Facts about Lions: Simple facts to celebrate the World Lion Day are listed below

  • Lions live in large groups called pride, similar to wolves
  • Male lion weighs above 500 pounds and grows up to eight feet in length.
  • Even though the Lions are called as “King of the Jungle,” they live only in grasslands and plains – not the jungle.
  • Female lions and their sisters live together for entire life. Their female cubs also stay with the pride, even after they are grown, but male cubs must stake out on their own once they reach maturity.
  • Male lions have majestic manes which make them appear as larger and more intimidating. Female lions also attracted to fuller, thicker hairs.
  • The roar of male lions can be heard from up to five miles away, and their roar is the loudest roar of any big cat species. Their roar will help them to find other lions as well as to proclaim their territory.

World Lion Day is creating to act as an awareness-building vehicle. World Lion Day is the global campaign to celebrate the importance of protecting the lion worldwide. Lion has played an integral role in our lives and our planet. To lose the lion would be to lose a part of our global heritage. Lion plays a significant role biologically, culturally, symbolically, economically and more. It is hoped that the recognition of the species’ worldwide importance will result in more active conservation worldwide.

On this World lion Day, I urge all to take responsibility for jointly hands with Government, Communities and NGOs for global conservation of Lion animals. Hence, World Lion Day is a perfect day to raise awareness about the endangering of Lion animals.

 

Director

Department of Environment