A new analytical report by the US Fish and Wildlife Service has revealed that the African lions are heading towards extinction and may be wiped out soon if immediate corrective measures are not taken.
The analysis report, released on Monday, also proposed categorizing the jungle kings as “threatened” under the Endangered Species Act, which would prevent the Americans and other citizens from selling these wild animals from being traded across US States or other international borders.
Dean Ashe, Director of the US Fish and Wildlife service, said, “Lions are declining in numbers rapidly unless we do something about it. It is up to all of us, not just the people of Africa, to ensure that healthy, wild populations continue to roam the savannah for generations to come.”
The newly proposed rule will bring the lions in the endangered species list, but it would not apply to zoos.
If the lions are brought under the endangered species list then killing and hunting of captive lions without a permit would become illegal in the United States or for the Americans to sell lions or their parts statewide or international borders.
But the sale of lions and their parts within a state would remain under the jurisdiction of the state.
Only 30,000 lions out of 76,000 (recorded in the year 1980) are left now. In simpler terms, it is a drop of about two thirds of the total lion population in Africa recorded in 1980. Scientists hold a range of reasons that are responsible for the gloomy condition of African lions. Some of the reasons responsible for the aggravating decline in the lion population are: loss of Habitat, lack of prey and increased conflict with humans and higher human intervention.
The researchers behind the report believe designating the lions under the endangered list would ultimately support in helping the animals by building existing Lion conservation programs in Africa.