Friday, August 28, 2015

Zoo marks World Lion’s Day

LION: Emperor Valley Zoo lion Mufasa in a photograph captured on World Lion’s Day celebrated August 10.

Published on Aug 18, 2015, 3:25 pm AST
Updated on Aug 18, 2015, 3:37 pm AST
By Sandhya Santoo

IN celebration of World Lion’s Day the Emperor Valley Zoo had a display for the public on lion awareness and conservation.
Celebrated last week Monday, as part of the Zoo’s Education and Enrichment Programme, officials created a display educating the public about lions.
The Zoo is home to five African lions, one of which is a white lioness named Nala. A white lion is extremely rare and gets it’s discolouration from a recessive gene. They are not albinos, according to zoological officer Sharleen Khan.
Khan said that there are two sub species of lions in the world, the African lion and Asiatic lion.
She said that there are approximately 25,000-30,000 African lions in the world and 411 Asiatic lions remaining in the wild.
She said that lions need to be conserved since their population is declining.
Khan said, “ Lions need to be conserved. Populations are declining due to mainly habitat loss, poaching, trophy-hunting and human wildlife conflict. They need to be protected before they go extinct”.

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