World Lion Day
August 10, 2022

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The lion population is almost Endangered, and many safety measures have been taken to protect them from extinction. Most of the Asiatic lion species are hunted down by people for multiple purposes. The lion is one of the largest species in the category of wild cats and is also referred to as the majestic hunter of the jungle. These threatened species, especially the Asiatic lions, are on the verge of silent extinction. The mighty lion is from the genus Panthera. To protect lions, many preventive measures have been taken along with the observation of World Lion Day which brings attention to the declining lion populations in the jungle in comparison to the past records of these big cats.

Where is World Lion Day celebrated?  

World Lion Day is celebrated in a variety of ways across the world, each with its own distinguishing flair.

Who is World Lion Day celebrated by?

 Everyone celebrates World Lion Day, and it is not confined to any country in particular.

When did World Lion Day first start?

World Lion Day was first observed in 2013 as part of an attempt to safeguard lions' natural habitat and raise awareness about lions. 

Who started World Lion Day?

Beverly and Dereck Joubert, a couple with a strong interest in wild cats, founded World Lion Day. The National Geography and Big Cat Initiative collaborated to observe World Lion Day. 

Lions are listed as Vulnerable species by the IUCN.

History And Timeline

Now that you know why World Lion Day began, read on to discover a little more regarding the background!

5-1.8 million years ago

Origin Of Species

Archeological research shows and suggests that the first lion-like cat emerged in the Late Pliocene at a site close to Laetoli, Tanzania, East Africa.

11,355 Years Ago

American Lion Extinction

Following the Quaternary ecological disaster, the American lion, along with the majority of Pleistocene wildlife, became exterminated. The latest specimen of the American lion, discovered in Edmonton, was dated 11,355 years ago.

1758 and 1816

Genus: Panthera

In his famous work named 'Systema Naturae', Carl Linnaeus adopted the scientific name Felis leo in 1758 to characterize the lion. Panthera, the genus name of the lions, was established by Lorenz Oken in 1816.

August 10, 2013

World Lion Day Founded

World Lion Day was established in 2013 as a means to safeguard lions and raise awareness.


World's Largest Lion

The world's largest lion, reportedly documented in its natural habitat, was slaughtered in 1936 in South Africa, where it supposedly weighed 690 lb (313 kg).

Traditions And Customs

There is no specific ritual or tradition that needs to be followed to celebrate World Lion Day. Every year, the day is celebrated with a theme, and on August 10, 2021, the theme was 'slow elimination of the African lion'. 

Ways To Observe World Lion Day

Try to plant more trees so that the ecological balance of the lions can be maintained and visit the nearby conservationist societies to learn more about it.

Contribute to the natural habitat, such as through afforestation. Practice the tactics that help prevent wildfires.

Donate whatever little amount you can to organizations such as the Big Cat Initiative.

Read, learn, and share the lions' facts with your close friends and relatives. Raise awareness about lions in your own creative way by sketching out posters with slogans!

Facts And Stats

On August 10, 2018, more than 100,000 people in Gujarat, India participated in raising awareness about lions by wearing Asiatic lion masks. This rally was initiated by Sasan-Gir, which is also known as Gir National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary.

A few of the conservation groups, including Panthera, Earth Rangers, and Wild Aid, have worked to preserve the lion population and spread awareness of the significance of conserving lions on this day.

With the changes in their natural habitat, the lion conservation status has been brought into concern, and the celebration of this day is essential now more than ever. As per the records, only 20,000 big cats are left in the jungle (as of 2020).

FAQs About World Lion Day

Why Do We Celebrate World Lion Day?
How Can We Save And Protect Lions?
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What Is The History And Origin Of World Lion Day?

When Is This Day Celebrated


August 10, 2020


August 10, 2021


August 10, 2022


August 10, 2023


August 10, 2024


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