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World Lion Day

World Lion Day

Date When Celebrated : This holiday is always enjoyed on August 10

Today comes in with a roar, as we celebrate the "King of the Jungle". Also known as "King of the Beasts", we're obviously talking about lions, as today is World Lion Day. The key goal of this very special day, is a global effort to promote the protection of lions and their shrinking habitat.

As the "King of the Jungle", one might think that lions are invincible. Hunting and encroachment of civilization into their habitat, is negatively impacting their numbers. Surprisingly, lions are at risk of becoming extinct. Lions are important to the balance of nature. They help keep the population of herbivores under control. 

 World Lion Day was created for three reasons:

  1. To raise awareness of the plight of lions in the wild and in captivity.

  2. To encourage the protection of lions and their shrinking habitat.

  3. To educate people of the danger that lions pose to people. Lion tamers aside, you don't ever want to come face to face with a lion.

Lions are social creatures. They group together in a family called a "pride". A single adult male is the head of the pride. Females, sometimes many generations of lionesses, remain in the pride they were born in. Occasionally, a lioness will leave the pride, to form a new pride with a young adult male. Young male cubs remain in the pride until they become adults. 

 

Did You Know? While we talk about lions as the "King of the Jungle, and movies often have them cast in a jungle environment, lions do not live in jungles. Rather, they live in grasslands and plains near jungle areas.A Lion we love to hate: Mufasa from Lion King


Today's Quote: " An optimist is someone who gets treed by a lion, but enjoys the scenery." - - Walter Winchell

 


The History and Origin of World Lion Day:

Lion Cub

 

World Lion Day was created in 2013 by Dereck and Beverly Joubert. It is promoted by Big Cat Rescue, an exotic cat sanctuary. Big Cat Rescue promotes an end to abuse of lions in both captivity and in the wild. They are committed to help lions avoid extinction.



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