TOP PREDATORS: Every species is important to the health of an ecosystem. Removing one species can weaken a habitat, but if a keystone species is removed, an entire ecosystem could collapse. If large predators such as lions disappeared, herd populations would balloon, and grazers would eat up the grass. The savanna would become a sandy desert.
You should care and save the lions because if you don't care and kill the lions the food chain will all be mesed up and you don't want it to be mesed up and you don't want to mess with mother nature or else the animals will take over and then we can't do anything to stop it because you killed the lion who are given a job by the mother nature to keep the population of the animals in controll by eating them. "You Will Be Missed Cecil ROAR"(Click hear to learn more about the food chain and how killing lions can effect it)
Lions play an important role in the food chain, helping to regulate numbers of the more dominant herbivore species, such as zebra and buffalo. Without lions to control them, these species can out-compete other animals, causing their extinction and reducing biodiversity.
According to the IUCN lion populations have declined 43% in the last 21 years (1993 - 2004), with less than 20,000 remaining.
If we act now we can ensure the survival of this iconic species.
Neither lions, nor humans, can survive in isolation; both are reliant on functional ecosystems. As such, we seek to engage in activities that conserve all of Africa’s wild species, as well as the ecosystems within which they live and on which we rely.
ALERT collaborates with communities and policy makers, with non-governmental organizations, researchers and business leaders, to implement locally conceived and relevant solutions that aim to create sustainable motivation in these stakeholder groups to conserve lions.
ALERT also works with communities to meet the challenges of living alongside a dangerous predator, whilst conducting research to improve our understanding of the lion’s behaviour in Africa’s ecosystems to better inform decision making.
ALERT is successfully operating pilot programs of our ‘responsible development’ approach in Zimbabwe and Zambia. Other countries have expressed interest in ALERT assisting them to conserve lions, and we expect our approach to expand across the continent until we have achieved real protection of the African lion that ensures their survival.
Why do we need lions?
The loss of lions has a negative effect on Africa’s fragile ecosystems. Lions play an important role in the food chain, helping to regulate numbers of the more dominant herbivore species, such as zebra and buffalo. Without lions to control them, these species can out-compete other animals, causing their extinction and reducing biodiversity.
Tourism is also a major boost to African economies and lions continue to be the biggest attraction. Many of Africa’s most needy communities rely on the money brought in by tourists and would suffer if lions were no longer part of the safari experience for visitors.
And don’t forget, the African lion is an important symbol. It is an icon; not only to those in Africa, but all around the world. Countless companies and organisations are proud to associate themselves with an animal that is said to be the ‘King of Beasts’
Imagine a world in which the African lion exists only in stories, pictures, statues and company logos. We cannot be the generation that allows this to happen when there are real solutions available to prevent it.