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These outstanding wildlife experiences could become a thing of the past.
Why? Let us explain…
Lions are frighteningly close to extinction, wildlife experts warn.
Twenty years ago, 230,000 of them roamed Africa, but today less than 20,000 remain.
Until a few years ago, no one had noticed. Although lions appear to be thriving in reserves, once outside they often attack livestock out of desperation for food and are being decimated by ranchers, farmers and hunters.
Miss Holford, of the Born Free Foundation, said that with such small populations in reserves, male lions frequently failed to find new prides with which to mate. Those males that do mate often have lower resistance to feline AIDS or pass on bovine TB from cows they may have attacked for food.
Equally, when dominant males are outcast, the pride’s females with cubs are often killed.
People know about gorillas and rhinos, but they seem blissfully unaware that our favourite carnivores are nearing the brink. Other cats are also under threat – Cheetahs once roamed most of Africa yet now there are fewer than 15,000. Equally, Africa’s Wild dogs, once abundant now number below 5000.
Lions are a symbol of strength, one of the Big Five and a major attraction for those wanting an authentic safari experience.
Yet the trend of lion population decline is disturbing and every effort must be made to ensure the population can stabilise and begin to grow.
We whole-heartedly support the efforts of the Big Cat Conservation group and Dereck and Beverley Joubert (see biog below).
Dereck & Beverley Joubert’s latest film (with phenomenal footage from Botswana locations like Duba Plains) opened in US cinemas this past Friday with all profits going to big cat conservation.
How can you help? Well, for every trailer viewing on YouTube, National Geographic will contribute $.10 to lion and big cat conservation in Botswana. Watch as many times as you want, and share with your friends and family. Let’s get to 1 million views together so we can help save these big cats.
Dereck and Beverly Joubert, ‘Explorers-in-Residence‘ at the National Geographic Society are multiple awarded filmmakers, photographers, writers and conservationists. Their prime goal in life is to use their particular talents to enhance conservation and efforts to inspire other people to take care of the planet. Through their films, largely on the big cats of Africa; lions and leopards, as well as elephants they show a side of the natural world that is often hidden to people, and they explore the meanings, and relevance of the natural world to each and every one of us.
“We have to understand that every thing is connected, and as soon as we understand that we are a part of every system in Earth, the easier it will be for us to find that balance here instead of forever being in conflict with nature, its wild animals and wild places.”
Working with the National Geographic and based out of Botswana, the Jouberts have managed to influence policy and people’s perceptions of the wild for over twenty five years. They continue with new projects all the time, honing their skills and widening that footprint of like minded people who simply believe that every decision you make today needs to be based on a sound and well thought out “internal environmental impact assessment” of your own.
“We all know roughly what is right and what is wrong. Make every decision based on that alone and we will all be in better shape.”