“Guardians of the Savanna” or “King of the Jungle”. These titles are frequently used to refer to lions all over the world. The presence of these glorious, ferociously attractive lions is crucial to the health of their natural habitat. Although the wild population of Panthera leos is in decline due to human activity such as deforestation and poaching, climate change, and the fall of their natural prey, World Lion Day is celebrated annually on August 10 to call attention to the plight of these splendid cats.
Why Is World Lion Day Celebrated Every Year? Everything You Need To Know About Its History…
The history of World Lion Day dates back to the year 2013. The world’s largest accredited sanctuary for lions, Big Cat Rescue, celebrated World Lion Day for the first time in 2013.
Dereck and Beverly Joubert, a husband and wife team who understood the need to call attention to the declining lion populations and the dangers they were facing in the wild, co-founded it. The Big Cat Initiative (B.C.I.) was conceived after the Jouberts reached out to “National Geographic” in 2009.
In the following year, National Geographic and the Big Cat Initiative joined forces to better protect the remaining big cats in the wild, and since then, every year on August 10, World Lion Day is celebrated to bring attention to the conservation challenges lions face and to honor their beauty and cultural force.
Significance Of Such Events
By emphasizing lions and their conservation needs, World Lion Day plays a crucial role in generating support and action to secure a future for these phenomenal animals in the wild. The day is meant to raise awareness about the value of lions in ecosystems and in cultures around the world, as well as the urgent need to protect them.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi Highlighted India’s Status On World Lion Day
Prime Minister Narendra Modi took this opportunity to express his pride in India being the home of the Asiatic Lions. In his tweets, he expressed admiration for the lion’s regal qualities and acknowledged the animal’s cultural significance. In addition, he applauded all efforts made to safeguard lion habitats, stressing the significance of doing so for future generations.
World Lion Day 2023: Facts About The Royal Cat
- When compared to other large cats, African lions are the most social because they form communities known as “prides.” An average pride has 15 members.
- Male lions are territorial guardians, while females do the majority of the hunting for pride. Still, men tend to eat before women.
- You can hear a lion roar from at least 5 miles away.
- Lions have been clocked at 50 miles per hour for short bursts and can make a vertical leap of 36 feet.
- The lion walks with its hind legs off the ground.
- It has been estimated that lions can sleep for up to 20 hours per day.
- Located in Mount Kenya, the heaviest lion ever was a male that weighed in at a whopping 272 kilograms.
- The lion’s tongue is very rough and is used to pick at the meat until it falls off the bones. A lion pride will often eat together.
The purpose of celebrating World Lion Day is to draw attention to the importance of protecting lions around the world. The day also seeks to expand understanding about the plight of lions worldwide, encourage people to work toward conserving them and honor these glorious but gentle creatures for the vital role they play in ecosystems and cultures all over the globe.