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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.

Letter to
U.S. Secrary of the Interior Ken Salazar
As a supporter of Defenders of Wildlife and someone who cares about the fate of African lions, I urge you to list these iconic animals as endangered under the Endangered Species Act to help save these amazing cats.

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.

Another major threat to African lions is unsustainable trade. 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.

Lions should be listed under the Endangered Species Act because they are endangered throughout a significant portion of their range. If listed as endangered, the imports of lions and lion parts would be generally banned from entering the United States.

Such a listing could also increase funding and help lion range states conserve these amazing animals.

Thank you for your consideration.