Wildlife in Zimbabwe

African Lion by Irene Jacoba

πŸ•΅οΈβ€β™€οΈ Panthera Leo
❗ IUCN status: vulnerable (critically endangered in West Africa)
πŸ“ Victoria Falls
πŸ‡ΏπŸ‡Ό Zimbabwe 
πŸ“Έ Internship: Volunteer Encounter / ALERT

Ever seen a lion that looks so friendly? As if he’s smiling. What’s not to like about these majestic creatures.. So beautiful and powerful. Dangerous hunters, yet most of the time enjoying their energy-saving lazy mode. I love the way they move, like this one, so calm and calculated. There are many interesting lion facts, for instance about their pride-living style, their roars and intimidating manes. Did you know that the older lions get, the darker their manes go?πŸ€“

This beauty is one of the lions of the ‘Lion Rehabilitation and Release Into The Wild’ program of ALERT (African Lion & Environmental Research Trust), based at Volunteer Encounter. During my internship I had the chance to photograph some of the lions.πŸ’›

Although this one may give the impression there’s nothing to worry about, concerning these strong species, there unfortunately is.. Over a century ago there were more than 200.000 wild lions living in Africa. In the last two decades, lion numbers have declined from approximately 30,000 to about 20,000.πŸ₯Ί

πŸ‘‰ Conservation research and initiatives are very important. You can help by spreading awareness and knowledge, and by donating to charities such as: ALERT, African Wildlife Foundation, Panthera / WWF and Born Free Lion Conservation