Currently, the population of African lions is less than 25,000 individuals in the wild. Loro Parque has launched a direct aid initiative for lions through the Loro Parque Foundation. This organization collaborates with Futouris and Panthera in the KAZA project, which aims to promote the conservation of this species in regions of Angola, Botswana, Namibia, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.
Through this project, a wildlife inventory is conducted, focusing especially on controlling the larger animal species, with a particular emphasis on lions.
Beyond the park’s boundaries, the lion community receives a positive impact from Loro Parque Foundation’s search for biodiversity conservation initiatives.
The lion is Africa’s most iconic carnivore, representing the essence of the wild, but its population is rapidly declining. Illegal and legal killing, habitat loss and fragmentation, and rampant illegal hunting for their prey’s meat have led to a decrease of over 40% in the number of lions in the last 20 years, resulting in their new classification on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species as Vulnerable.