Roar Power: 36 phenomenal photos of African lions
Just over a century ago, there were more than 200,000 wild lions living in Africa. Today, there are only about 20,000.
Lions have undergone a catastrophic decline and are on the brink of extinction in all but the largest and best managed national parks. They’re already extinct in 26 African countries and have vanished from over 95 per cent of their historic range.
The species is threatened by the illegal bushmeat trade, habitat loss and fragmentation, unsustainable trophy hunting, and human-wildlife conflict with local people due to the real or perceived threat lions pose to livestock.
“Lions are one of my favourite animals to photograph and to spend time with. It’s impossible to imagine Africa without lions. As well as being wildlife icons and remarkable animals, they’re also vital to the natural balance and the future of Africa.” (Graeme Green, photographer and founder of the New Big 5 project)
“The New Big 5 is a brilliant idea. A Big 5 from the photographic point of view is one more brick in a wall that we’re constructing to save many of the creatures around the Earth.” (Art Wolfe)
The New Big 5 project is creating a New Big 5 of wildlife photography, rather than hunting. Shooting with a camera, not a gun. The project is supported by more than 150 photographers, conservationists and wildLife charities, including Dr Jane Goodall, Ami Vitale, Moby, Nick Brandt, Thomas D Mangelsen, Djimon Hounsou, Save The Elephants, Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund, African Wildlife Foundation and Polar Bears International. Find out more HERE.
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Marco Gaiotti: @marcogaiotti_naturephotography
Anja Denker: @wild.anjadenker