WHEN THE LAST LION ROARS


WHEN THE LAST LION ROARS

SARA EVANS    Book Number: 88018    Product format: Hardback

A hundred years ago there were 200,000 wild lions living in Africa. Today their numbers have dropped by 90%, and humans are responsible for their decline. Sara Evans meets lion champions in Kenya, Tanzania and Zimbabwe, reflects on Mughal Indian emperors like Shah Jahan hunting lions and recording their kills in their journals, and Romans who started capturing lions as far back as 264BC. Many were killed in hunting shows or arenas. The Dutch and British killed off most lions in South Africa in the 1600s, and the French did the same in North Africa. In East Africa in the early 1900s, lions were shot by farmers, professional hunters and safari sportsmen. Today the real African landscape barely exists and villages living near protected areas poison the lions. More are killed off by trophy hunters and poachers, viral and TB diseases and inbreeding in fenced areas. The author is an experienced writer, photojournalist and traveller who spent over decade travelling through Africa, and her passion for lions has driven her to write this magnificent book. The illegal killing of Cecil, a famous and magnificent black-maned Zimbabwean lion, by an American big game hunter in 2015 sparked international outrage. More significantly it drew the world's attention to the devastating plight of Africa's lions. Without effective conservation plans, Africa's remaining wild lions could be completely wiped out by the mid half of this century. Sara Evans's book explores the historic rise and fall of the lion as a global species. She questions what is being done to reverse or at least stem this population collapse, and considers the importance of human responsibility in this decline and more crucially in their conservation. From the Lion Guardians in Kenya to the Living Walls of Tanzania, and the Hwange Lion Research Project in Zimbabwe, Sara meets both lions and the people who are fighting to bring this iconic species back from the brink of extinction. 304pp, eight pages of colour photos.
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