Conservationists have warned that if relevant stakeholders do not act quickly, there will be no lions left in Nigeria by 2050.
Less than 50 lions remain in Nigerian nature, according to two major animal conservation organizations, WildAid and Wildlife Conservative Society.
They asserted that the attacks on this symbolic animal are being motivated by a high level of poverty, a lack of political interest in conservation, and a poorly developed wildlife tourism economy.
Several wildlife conservation organizations across Africa have also raised the alarm about the lion’s depletion rate, claiming that only about 20,000 lions remain in the region.
Lions are native to Sub-Saharan Africa, and conservationists estimate that only about 20,000 of them remain in the wild. According to a 2013 report by Lion Aid, a lion conservation organization, there are only 645 lions left in the wild in western and central Africa.
According to the report, African lions are extinct in 25 countries. They also estimated that approximately 15,000 wild lions remain on the continent, compared to approximately 200,000 that were present 30 years ago.