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Thursday, August 10, 2023

World Lion Day 2023

  Jnyanabhandar       Thursday, August 10, 2023
World Lion Day 2023. History, Celebration and Other Information 

The lions are often referred to as the “king of the jungle” across the world but these magnificent Panthera leo are facing numerous threats in the wild where these threats include habitat loss through deforestation or threats of poaching, conflict with humans, climate change and depletion of their natural prey hence, World Lion Day is observed annually on a global scale to raise awareness about their conservation and protection. The day serves as a platform to educate people about the challenges faced by the lions across the world and to promote efforts to conserve them as well as to celebrate these majestic big cats and their significance in ecosystems and cultures around the world.

History Of World Lion Day

World Lion Day was set up in response to the fact that around 43% of the world’s lion population has been lost over the last 30 years. The event was the brainchild of Dereck and Beverly Joubert, a South African husband-and-wife team known for their wildlife filmmaking and conservation initiatives.

In 2009, the Jouberts set up the Big Cat Initiative in partnership with National Geographic. The initiative aims to prevent big cat population decline and restore numbers to sustainable levels, through conservation and education.

Together, the Jouberts and National Geographic decided an annual international event would be a great way to raise awareness for lions in particular. On 10th August 2013, the first World Lion Day was held, and it has been celebrated every year since.

World Lion Day 2023 is the eleventh annual event of its kind, helping people all over the world to celebrate lions and support efforts to protect them.


World Lion Day plays a vital role in rallying support and action to ensure a future for these remarkable animals in the wild by shining a spotlight on lions and their conservation needs. There is an urgent need for their conservation hence, the day aims to educate people about the importance of lions in ecosystems and their cultural significance.

On World Lion Day, lions and their unique qualities are celebrated through art, photography and cultural events while many organisations, wildlife conservation groups, zoos and individuals participate in activities and campaigns or use this day to raise funds for lion conservation projects, anti-poaching efforts, habitat protection and research initiatives. Workshops, seminars, webinars and public talks are often organised on this day to provide information about lions, their behaviour, threats and conservation strategies.

Social media platforms play a significant role in spreading awareness on World Lion Day where hashtags, posts and videos are shared to reach a wider audience while some efforts focus on advocating for stronger wildlife protection laws and policies to safeguard lions and their habitats besides encouraging local communities to participate in lion conservation and promoting coexistence between lions and humans, which is an important aspect of the day.

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