The World Lion Day is celebrated every 10th of August each year. This day celebrates one of the most popular animals in our planet – the lion. The day also aims to call forth advocacies to protect lions because of their declining population. Hence, preservation of their habitats is of utmost importance during this day.
About the World Lion Day
The scientific name of the lion is Panthera leo. A lion typically weights between 300 and 550 pounds. Their color can very fro light buff to deep reddish brown. But there are also white colored lions that are rare to be found. It can be easily recognized with its thick mane, muscular body, and a loud, deafening roar. They are called the Kings of the Jungle. But the sad thing is that no matter how brave and courageous they are, lions are slowly disappearing in the wild.
For this reason, the World Lion Day is celebrated each year so that people will have the chance to advocate for the survival of lions.
Lions have freely roamed the Earth across Asia, Africa, Middle East, and Europe as far back as 3 million years ago. But now, they are listed as vulnerable species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List of Threatened Species. Although they are still not classified as endangered species, lions still face a lot of obstacles for their survival.
Right now, there are about 30,000 to 100,000 lions in our planet. Over the past few decades, the population of lions have decreased by half. This was caused b widespread loss of their habitat as well as trophy farming.
In the year 2013, Beverly Jourbert and Dereck Joubert, the founders of Big Cat Initiative, along with National Geographic, founded the World Lion Day. This partnership of them aimed to protect wild lions in their natural habitat. The initiative also works on safety measures for human communities that live near lions.
As mentioned earlier, the World Lion Day is always celebrated every August 10 each year. This means that the upcoming World Lion Day will be celebrated on Tuesday, August 10, 2021.
The following are the main reasons why you should participate in the celebration of the World Lion Day:
Actions Are Needed Now
One good reason why you should celebrate this day is that actions are needed now. We cannot wait for the time when lions become endangered, or worse, extinct. Now is the time to protect these big cats, especially their habitat.
Our Cooperation is Needed
Another reason to celebrate this day is that your cooperation is needed in protecting lions. More and more people should participate in this day not just to have fun but to actually make a difference and help in preserving and improving the population of lions.
To Express Your Voice
You should also celebrate this day to express your voice. Let other people hear you about your thoughts on helping lions and preserving their population. You can use your voice to encourage more people to take part in protecting these big cats.
Celebration Ideas and Activities
The following are the best things to do to make your celebration of the World Lion Day as best as it can be:
Support Charity for Lions
One good idea for your celebration of this day is to support charity for lions. There are charities whose proceeds go to helping the wildlife which includes lions and their habitat. You do not need to donate big. Any amount will surely be a big help to the charity.
You can also celebrate this day by becoming involved with the activities that aim to protect lions and where they live. At the simplest, you can shout out on social media and use the hashtag #WorldLionDay to make people aware that such celebration occurs and that it aims to protect lions living in the wild.
Facts about World Lion Day
- Lions live in large groups called pride, similar to wolves
- The male lion weighs above 500 pounds and grows up to eight feet in length.
- Even though the Lions are called “King of the Jungle,” they live only in grasslands and plains – not the jungle.
- Female lions and their sisters live together for entire life. Their female cubs also stay with pride, even after they are grown, but male cubs must stake out on their own once they reach maturity.
- Male lions have majestic manes which make them appear as larger and more intimidating. Female lions also attracted to fuller, thicker hairs.
- The roar of male lions can be heard from up to five miles away, and their roar is the loudest roar of any big cat species. Their roar will help them to find other lions as well as to proclaim their territory.