World Lions Day: Save lions by conserving natural reserves – animal activists

Skinning a lion

Man’s encroachment on natural reserves and insatiable greed for wealth has resulted in a number of wildlife species including big cats like lions facing extinction.

A Campaign Manager at World Animal Protection wants stakeholders to embrace environmental conservation practices for the sake of protecting nature for posterity.

Ms Edith Kabesiime says wildlife conservation is key to the sustainable ecological management of nature.

“We are now saying that as human beings, we are witnessing what we call the six extinctions whereby we are seeing the fastest rate of species extinction, the fastest rate of environmental degradation, the disappearance of habitats and disappearance of species. All this largely aided by man.”

Ms Kabesiime predicts that the world is yet to experience harsh weather if nothing is done to address human-wildlife conflicts emanating from conservation areas encroachment.

She says loss of biodiversity has a big impact on arable land, settlements, economic gains and national heritage.

Lions

“The number of lions in East Africa is at a steady decline and appeals to all stakeholders to embrace wildlife conservation,” Ms Kabesiime.

Great Lakes Safaris Managing Director, Mr Amos Wekesa, wants the Ugandans to preserve lions jealously as the Wildlife Conservation Society Country Director, Mr Simon Ntakoze Kibiina, reveals that Uganda has about 400 lions left in the wild.

Animal activists say as Uganda joins the rest of the world to mark the International Lions Protection Day on October 10, 2022, it is important to address issues and policies that favour their existence.    

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