Your questions answered (part 4)
We recently asked the Lion Guardians some questions from you, the blog readers. Here I ask some questions from Paula. She wants to know how many lions have the Guardians saved, is it enough, and what are our greatest challenges, that keep us awake at night? Some very difficult questions to answer! She asked them to me, and I will post my answers soon, but here are Lion Guardian Koikai’s responses.
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He doesn’t know exactly how many lions the Guardians have saved, but he knows there are more now than there were. He also doesn’t think that they have saved enough yet – as you don’t yet see them around as often as you used to and the more lions that are saved, the more people can be employed.
What keeps him awake at night is worrying about going tracking for lions. Working alone in the bush can be very dangerous, so this is his main challenge.
Thanks for continuing to answer our questions! I hope you guys can continue to be successful!
Hi Lion Guards (brave warriors!!)
Having recently spent 2 weeks in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, at their “Lion Encounter” programme, whereby you walk with Lions (up to the age of 18months old), in the bush. Have you ever considered entering a programme such as this? They have a breeding programme to help the Lions becoming exstinct in Africa in Bulawayo in Zimbabwe, and hand rear the Lions from 3months old (so that the humans are considered the dominant figure in the pride). A lot of scientific data is collected by volunteers who come from all over the world to work on these products and all teach the community the importance of not killing Lions. It is a fascinating project and I hope one day to become fully involved in this project. I was able to play with the Lions in the wild, and that was an experience of a lifetime (they are just like big cats and just as playful). Well done in all the good excellent work you are doing in helping preserve these wonderful “Kings of the Jungle”!
Hi Lorraine, thanks for you comment. It sounds like you had an amazing experience with the lions in Zimbabwe! The lions we are conserving here are completely wild – we are not even in a national park. This means they are not only at great risk, but also very secretive and do not like being around people.
I am glad you are interested in supporting lion conservation. I hope you can help our work by telling people about our blog, so that we can get more readers and more donations to continue our work.