In just the last couple of decades, the African lion population fell from more than 75,000 to fewer than 40,000 -- a staggering decline of nearly 50%.
If we don’t take dramatic action right now, Africa’s lions could quickly disappear in the wild.
Lions once roamed throughout most of the African continent, but they have largely disappeared from three quarters of their historic range. Habitat loss, decline in prey and conflicts with humans are taking their toll on these iconic cats.
Despite these threats, African lions are still being hunted as trophies, winding up stuffed and mounted rather than living in the wild. The U.S. is the world's largest importer of African lion products -- and the number of lion trophies imported into this country is increasing.
That's why Defenders of Wildlife and their conservation partners petitioned the U.S. Department of the Interior to list African lions as endangered under the Endangered Species Act.
This listing would provide a critical first step to help save lions by prohibiting U.S. imports of lions and lion parts, increasing conservation funding and helping foreign governments conserve lions.
We need to show broad public support for this vital action -- Interior Secretary Salazar needs to hear from you.
Sign our petition today urging him to list African lions as endangered.