As recently as 1975, over 200,000 lions may have roamed the African continent. In 2002 estimates put the population between 23,000 and 39,000, representing an 80 – 90% decline in less than 30 years.
More recent reports from across the continent suggest that not only are lion populations continuing to decline but they are doing so at an even faster rate.
The IUCN currently classifies the lion as a “vulnerable” species on the Red List of Threatened Species.
“There is probably no other species whose distribution range has shrunk over historical times to the extent shown by the lion.” Smithers 1983
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