Lions- often referred to as ‘The king of the jungle’ (odd as they are rarely found in the jungle) are usually one of the animals visitors want to see if not the main one.
They are very impressive and it is understandable why they are popular. No other predator dares lie out dozing in the open plains all day.
However over the last few decades, lion declines have been horrific, with declines of more than 2/3 since the 1960s.
Lion conservation is important, because to have a thriving lion population, you need a very large protected area, and an intact ecosystem- so all the other animals benefit.
Current estimates suggest that at most there are 20,000 lions in Africa.
Over time, I hope that the destinations that we list on this site will grow fast, but for now we list the large lion ecosystems- hopefully with a few more coming soon
Kruger national park, and the greater Limpopo 2500
Serengeti and surrounding reserves 3000
Kalahari Zambezi 1500 (though with the size of this reserve, there is space for much growth)
Selous 4000-5000 though as most of this vast reserve is set aside for hunting, much if it is unavailable to photographic safari
This accounts for around 40% of the wild lions in Africa. We hope to add other populations in the coming year.
The Asiatic lion is different. Its only current home in Asia, is the Gir forests. However, something that many people do not know is that the Asiatic lion population of Gir is a tiny relict of possibly the largest spread lion subspecies. The Asiatic lion still exists in Africa – the western and northern lion population are very closely related to the Asiatic lion and are thought to have last naturally interbred a few centuries ago. Importantly, they are still so genetically similar that they are not different sub species. This is important, as it means that only just over half of the Asiatic lions live in and around Gir, the rest live in Africa. I hope to add many more destinations over time. If you run safari lodge or camp or tours please do get in touch through the above link “list your wild place”. As keystone species, and apex predators, lions are incredibly important, as such it is a species that is followed closely on this website. Find below a list of articles on lions, below that is links to places we list where you can see lions.
The Gir forest was the last refuge of the Asiatic lion. Back in 1893 it was thought that there were only 18 animals remaining. Thankfully
A lioness has been spotted in a reserve in Chad, which has not recorded one since 2004! Lions have not been spotted in the Chad
The decline in African Lions has been pretty constant and totally devastating. Just 100 years ago, there were about 200,000 lions in Africa (some estimates
Lions have been lost from a huge area in Africa. Already extinct in 26 countries in Africa, there are perhaps as few as 15,000 lions
One of the four remaining viable west African Lion habitat has been badly treated but perhaps it is now on the mend.
West African lions are heavily endangered with just 400 members remaining. While the west African population of the Asiatic lion is less at risk than