LIONS: KING OF THE JUNGLE
© Copyright Sean Lee-Davies for Project C:Change
Weight: 265 to 420 lbs (120 to 191 kg)
Lifespan: 10-14 years
The jungle is about to lose its line of kings if humans continue to destroy their habitat, take their prey, and hunt them for sport. Despite being legendary for their strength and courage, the mighty lions are powerless when it comes to the effects brought by severe climate change. These big cats periodically face outbreaks of distemper, a viral disease related to drought.
Trophy hunting: Each year, an estimated 1,000 captive lions are shot dead mostly by American and European tourists on South African ranches. Between 1999 and 2008, the number of lion trophies transported to the U.S. by American hunters doubled.
Today, an estimated 34,000 lions are left in Africa, their populations cut in half over the last three decades. At this rate, lions will live in myth alone by year 2050. The most recent story of Cecil, the Zimbabwen black maned-icon, is all the more heartbreaking as Project C:Change came into contact with it during one of its expeditions