Two Lions have come under the rubric of the endangered species act.
The US Fish and Wildlife Service announced that the ESA (Endangered Species Act) will now be including two more species of lion. This situation has come about after the loss of the lions’ habitats, conflict between lions and humans and a breakdown in the regulation of lions.
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The populations and range of lions have undergone a decline. The two subspecies are Panthera leo leo and Panthera leo melanochaita. One of these is an African lion while the other one is an Asian lion.
The African lion only has 1400 members left in the wild. As for the Asian lion, it has 17000 to 19000 members left behind. And although lions in Southern Africa are on the increase, there remain threats to the overall population.
Both the subspecies meet the criteria of the ESA. Lions are the most admired of species. They are beautiful and regal animals that have a certain pride and dignity. If India and Africa want these lion subspecies to survive, they must take steps to ensure their protection and conservation.
Lions have been hunted in the past and poaching of the subspecies is common practice. And although conservation also includes within its rubric the limited and controlled hunting of the lions, the hunting is not allowed to such an extent that it harms the population of lions.
The lions subspecies are spread throughout central, western and southern as well as eastern Africa. They are present in various pockets of wilderness and savannah.
And lions are known to spend their days lazing around while once in a blue moon they make a dash or a sprint to prey on a gazelle or zebra.
The gaze of the lion is razor sharp as it concentrates on its prey. As it looks on, it tends to focus on one thing and one thing alone. And that is itself as the predator and the object of desire which is the prey.
And then it makes a decision and just goes for its prey directly like there were no tomorrow. It makes a virtual beeline for the prey. And the prey has no chance before the lion (usually).
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Everyday in Africa, a lion gets up and knows that it has to outrun a gazelle if it wants to eat lunch. And everyday a gazelle gets up and knows that it must at least try to outrun a lion if it wants to live.