Africa’s lion populations have undergone a major loss in the last two decades. According to IUCN data, the lion's population numbers have decreased 42 percent in just 21 years, and threats continue to mount.As habitat loss, human-wildlife conflict, and poaching continue to threaten the big cat’s existence, it’s become more important than ever to closely track this oftentimes-elusive species.
Cecil the lion in Zimbabwe, pictured shortly before his death. In July 2017, Cecil's son Xanda was also killed during a trophy hunt.
Trophy hunters near Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park killed one of Cecil the lion’s sons. Xanda, a 6-year-old male, met the same fate as his father whose death caused a global movement in 2015.
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Cameroon has often been called “Africa in miniature” for how much it mirrors the continent’s diversity. That’s especially true from an ecological standpoint. Like its mother continent, Cameroon boasts a coastline, mountains, savanna, desert and tropical rainforests. Though just larger than Sweden in terms of geographic size, this Central African nation hosts roughly 90 percent of all the ecosystem types found in Africa.
It’s hard not to be transported when you encounter a photo like the one above, of an elephant in the early morning haze.