World Lion Day
In many cultures around the world, lions are seen as animals that represent courage, strength, majesty, and justice. They are seen as the proverbial king of the jungle and the master of their domain. While all of these representations of these majestic creatures might be true, lions are also facing problems nowadays.
That’s because they are now considered vulnerable or endangered and are on the brink of extinction in the wild. Of course, this is mainly due to human activity such as global climate change, poaching, and the destruction of their natural habitat.
That’s why it’s extremely important for all of us to observe World Lion Day on August 10th. This is a holiday where all of us can do our parts to help preserve this amazing species for future generations to enjoy.
The History Of World Lion Day
In 2013, Dereck and Beverly Joubert invented World Lion Day to raise awareness about the dangers that big cats are currently facing. They created the holiday after they learned about dwindling lion populations across the world. This holiday has since gone global and is observed by big cat conservatories and other lion protection groups all over the world.
Some Interesting Facts About Lions
That’s why we’ve decided to do some important research on these animals and see if we could come up with some facts that will entertain, but more importantly, educate our readers on the subject of lions. With that being said, let’s take a quick look at the following facts and see what we can learn about these incredible animals.
- Almost all wild lions live in Africa, but there is a small population of them living in western India around Gir Forest National Park.
- The average male lion weighs approximately 418 pounds, while the average female lion weighs approximately 277 pounds.
- Lions can eat almost 90 pounds of meat in a single meal.
- Lions have sharp-pointed rasps on their tongues called papillae. These are used to scrape meat off of bones.
Observing World Lion Day
World Lion Day can be observed simply by taking the time to learn more about the plight faced by lions and by taking action.
There are charities and animal welfare groups around the world that are attempting to stabilize lion populations and this might be a good day for animal lovers to support these organizations. It’s also a good day to spread the word about this holiday to anyone and every one possible by using the hashtag #WorldLionDay.