World Lion Day

by Melissa on May 15, 2013 · 6 comments


I was not the lion, but it fell upon me to give the lion’s roar.
Winston Churchill, politician, 1874-1965

The world is on the verge of having the king of the jungle succumb to extinction- and the blood is on our hands.  Pretty scary thought, eh?  World Lion Day is an initiative to spread the word of the plight of the lion, and to encourage people to celebrate this gorgeous animal.

world lion day I’m not alone when I say I have always had a deep fascination for big cats.  Since the dawn of man, the lion has played an integral part in global heritage – symbolically, culturally, religiously, economically and biologically.  I had the opportunity to try my hand out at being a lion conservation volunteer for a few weeks in Zimbabwe, and I truly started to learn about the plight of the lion.  There are many organizations around the world that are trying to do their part in hopes of saving the lion from extinction.  Through volunteering with these magnificent beasts, I learned what a wonderful and captivating creature they really are, and ALERT (African Lion and Environmental Research Trust) made sure to explain just why the numbers have been declining and stressed that getting the word out will greatly help their cause.

world lion day Cue World Lion Day.

Started by one of the inspiring women that I met while volunteering in Zimbabwe, Rae Kokes, World Lion Day hopes to bring much needed attention to the plight of the lion and celebrate this globally vital animal.  On August 10, 2013 people from all over the world will hold events, celebrations and fundraise in support of the lion – in particular, they will be supporting Mara Naboisho Lion Project, Etosha Carnivore Research Unit, Tashinga InitiativeGlobal White Lion Protection Trust and Conservation Lower Zambezi.

world lion day Take a look around – how often do you see lions in your every day life?  Lions are found on statues sitting outside parliament buildings all over the world, they’re used as car emblems, on national flags and permanently tattooed on bodies. On top of all of that, we’ve grown up watching The Lion King, Madagascar, The Wizard of Oz, The Chronicles of Narnia and every movie that began with the famous roar of the MGM lion.   Lions are such a respected symbol that even a world-famous rapper has adopted the name – now going by Snoop Lion.  What World Lion Day wants us to keep at the forefront of our minds is that without our support, the lions of the world will soon become a distant memory and only live on as symbols, in movies and history books.

world lion day For more information about World Lion Day, check out their website, ‘like’ them on Facebook, and follow them on Twitter.

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Leanna May 18, 2013 at 11:13 am

Hey Mel, Amazing post dedicated to the Lions. I really hope that these programs will be able to save these beautiful cats from extinction. Its amazing how you got to work side by side and actually working with the lions in the program that is trying to save them . Such a rewarding and memorable moment of your trip to Africa. Keep it up !

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Melissa May 18, 2013 at 2:19 pm

Definitely – it’s incredible to know that there are wonderful organizations and people out there dedicated to fighting for these beautiful animals. I hope you participate in World Lion Day – be sure to spread the word! 🙂

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Amy May 19, 2013 at 5:16 pm

Melissa, thank you SO much for this wonderful post. I’m glad you’re spreading awareness about the plight of lions and World Lion Day, and I am thrilled to know someone who loves lions as much as I do. There is something so majestic about them; it breaks my heart to think that some lions are raised for human consumption in the U.S.

Anyway, World Lion Day is one day after my birthday–the perfect birthday present. 🙂
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Melissa June 4, 2013 at 12:11 am

Hi Amy – definitely the perfect birthday present for you. Heck! You could totally have a World Lion Day birthday party and get your friends to give a small donation each – even if its $5? Just a thought. 😉 Let’s all save the lions!

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Suzy May 19, 2013 at 8:28 pm

It’s great that there is a World Lion Day and I love that first shot in this post. That face says a great deal!
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Melissa June 4, 2013 at 12:11 am

Thanks Suzy! And thanks for including my post. I think it’s just so important to get the word out there, since so many people don’t even know about the plight of the lion.

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