Only a century ago, there were as many as 200,000 wild lions in Africa. Today, the latest surveys estimate that there are fewer than 30,000.
Since 2002, five countries have lost their lion populations. Kenya alone loses at least 100 of its 2,000 wild lions every year due to killing by people. At this rate, there will be no more wild lions in Kenya by 2030.
The population in the 1980a was around 1 million, with around 70’000 elephants being killed a year. The total African elephant population is now less than 470’000. African elephants are being killed for their ivory at such a rate that most large groups could be extinct by 2020.
Lions have disappeared from over 80 percent of their historic range. They exist in 28 countries in Africa and one country in Asia, and are extinct in 26 countries. Only 7 countries: Botswana, Ethiopia, Kenya, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe, are thought to each hold more than 1,000 lions.