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World Lion Day

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Today, 10 August, has been declared World Lion Day and is our opportunity to consider this mighty animal and to reflect on man’s impact on this beast and his environment.

Lions have made their appearances in all countries and all cultures throughout history. Sekhmet the Egyptian goddess has the head of a lioness; Maahes is the Egyptian lion god of war; Yali the mythological Hindu character bears a lion’s head; lions are depicted in the ancient cave paintings at Lascaux in France.  Moving to more recent times, we are all familiar with Aslan, Simba and the Cowardly Lion.

“Wrong will be right, when Aslan comes in sight,
At the sound of his roar, sorrows will be no more,
When he bares his teeth, winter meets its death,
And when he shakes his mane, we shall have spring again.”
― C.S. Lewis, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

Politicians, writers and other people of note frequently cite lions as examples of strength, courage, pride and decisiveness.

It was the nation and the race dwelling all round the globe that had the lion’s heart. I had the luck to be called upon to give the roar.
-Winston Churchill

Barely a city in the world does not display a sculpture, painting, carving or other depiction of a lion.

Sadly, for all our interest in these proud animals, we haven’t treated them well and population numbers have decreased dramatically even in my lifetime.  Asiatic lions were once found throughout Asia, and as far west as Greece, but are now on the verge of extinction, with only about 300 living in northwestern India.  Estimates of the number of African lions in the wild vary between 20,000 and 30,000, with very few of these living outside the designated national parks.

 Linked to Mosaic Monday, Travel Photo Monday, Our World Tuesday and Saturday Critters.

23 replies »

  1. If I’m lion, I’m dying. If the habitat has room, without our logging inroads, hopefully the lions can make a come back. we get paranoid about foxes, wolves, lions and think they are a more dangerous animal than they are.

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