LEARN ABOUT LIONS
The idea of our Learn About Lions project is to make this section of our website a free educational resource for anyone online who wants to learn more about lions, their behaviour, natural history and husbandry in zoos. This area of the website will always be expanding as we add more educational information for all to read. Please click on the headings below to find information on specific subjects:
Learn a basic overview of the African Lion, why does it differ to the Asiatic Lion? and why do the males and females look so different?
Learn more about where lions live in the wild and the different environments that they have adapted to live in.
Learn more about the threats that lions face in the wild, how they affect the population as a whole and what is done to tackle them.
Learn more about the history of the lions you see in UK zoos and the important role that they play in raising awareness for their wild cousins.
A Safina Connection...
You will start to see more of these spotlights throughout our educational pages as we start to link our work with our zoo and conservation partners directly to our Learn About Lions Project. We hope that this will add more of a focus to our work and link all aspects of our work together.
Trustees and supporters of the SLCF have been out to visit the Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya twice in recent years. These two pages contain blogs that have been created to share the experiences of seeing lions and to share what we have learnt about them while being out to see them in their natural habitat and the issues that face them in the wild. We hope that this will give people the chance to read more about lions in the wild and how they behave.
Observations From The Mara In September 2017 one of our trustees joined a volunteering programme in the Naboisho Conservancy just outside the Maasai Mara National Reserve to gain an insight into the problems that face lions in the wild. This was also the perfect opportunity to observe lions in the wild and to visit one of the last population strongholds in the country.
When visiting the Maasai Mara in 2017 one of our trustees was able to meet and talk to one of the Maasai Guides, Francis, who happily took part in a mini interview where we could get an idea of what it is like to live around lions and to grow up in the community. For the full interview click on the title above.
In February 2020 along with two colleagues from our supporters Wild Arena Ltd and Knowsley Safari visited the Maasai Mara again to visit our new conservation partners the Mara Predator Conservation Programme. With the help of David from Wild Arena Ltd we created a video blog which aims to share with you all firsthand the issues faced by the conservationists working to protect them, the methods they use and some of the experiences we had there.
We also work with zoos to make this information readily available to their visitors and not just available solely online. We have printed leaflets which contain a brief summary of the information currently on this section of the website focusing on lion behaviour and the threats that they face in the wild.
Learn About Lions Project in Zoos
These leaflets have been distributed to zoos across the UK in time for World Lion Day on the 10th August so that keepers can give out these leaflets at talks and events throughout the summer holidays. We would like to thank all of the zoos that have taken these leaflets and given them out to members of the public and put them on display in public areas. Further details of which zoos have taken part in our Learn About Lions project are named in our Annual Reviews which can be seen in our About Us section. The pictures above show three zoos that have taken part for both 2018 and 2019 Folly Farm Adventure Park & Zoo, Linton Zoo Conservation Park and New Forest Wildlife Park. Our Learn About Lions leaflet can be seen by clicking on the PDF link to the right and if you are from a zoo and want to take part in this project please don't hesitate to contact us and we can involve you in the project and send some to your zoo.