The African lion is headed for extinction. Its wild population has dwindled by almost fifty percent in only the last three decades and latest studies show that as few as 23,000 remain today. Action must be taken now to save this iconic species, so we collaborated with other organizations and submitted a petition to list the African lion as endangered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service just issued a preliminary finding that an endangered listing may be warranted, and the agency has initiated a status review for African lions. During the status review, the agency will consider public comments -- please fill out and submit the form letter below to add your name in support of this effort. We'll deliver the letter to Secretary of the Interior, Ken Salazar, towards the end of the public comment period.
Lions are currently on the brink of extinction due to loss of habitat and prey, overutilization for commercial and recreational purposes, disease, inadequate existing regulatory mechanisms, and other factors including retaliatory killing by livestock herders. The number of African lions has declined by more than 50 percent in the past three decades, with fewer than 40,000--and possibly as few as 23,000--believed remaining today. The U.S. must play its part in eliminating the threats to this majestic species, including prohibiting the import of lion trophies and parts unless such activity can be shown to enhance the survival of the species in the wild.
This petition demonstrates that an endangered listing for the African lion is warranted and I urge the agency to take swift action to protect African lions before they disappear from the wild.
We must do everything we can to save this iconic species from extinction. Thank you for your consideration.