Conservationists warn against extinction of lions in Nigeria

Conservationists have warned that there won’t be any lions left in Nigeria by 2050 if relevant stakeholders do not take action soon.

Foremost animal conservation organisations, WildAid and Wildlife Conservative Society have also alerted that there were less than 50 surviving lions in the Nigerian wildlife.

According to them, the high levels of poverty, lack of political interest in conservation, and an underdeveloped wildlife tourism industry are fuelling the attack on this symbolic animal.

Several wildlife conservation organisations across Africa have also raised the alarm regarding the depleting rate of this animal saying only about 20,000 lions are left.

Lions are indigenous to Sub Saharan Africa, and according to conservationists, there are only about 20,000 left in the African wildlife.

According to a 2013 report by Lion Aid, a lion conservation agency, there are less than 645 lions remaining in the wild in western and central part of Africa.

The report found that African lions were extinct in 25 African nations. They also estimated that about 15,000 wild lions remain on the continent, compared to about 200,000 that were present on the continent 30 years ago.

The lion conservation organisation revealed that lions were already extinct in countries such as Ghana, Ivory Coast and Togo with clusters still left in Burkina Faso, Niger, the Central African Republic, Cameroon, and Chad.

According to Wildlife Conservation Society, it was revealed…

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