Tanzania now is home to 40% of Africa’s lion population

Original Post: Wolfgang Thome: Aviation, Travel and Conservation News – DAILY from Eastern Africa and the Indian Ocean islands

Another reason the Serengeti is so precious … Tanzania now has the lion’s share — 40% of Africa’s lions. About 3,500 live in the Serengeti, nearly 18% of all lions in Africa!

The latest estimate, just 20,000 African lions remain. Half of what it was twenty years ago. A drop of 95% in the past century. “Tanzania has at 8,176 lions, though this number may be to low, as many lions live outside of protected areas. Only 6 countries have more than 1,000 lions. South Africa has 2,070 , Kenya 1,825, Zimbabwe has 1,709.”

Serengeti Watch / Friends of Serengeti is a project of Earth Island Institute, which has earned the highest rating on Charity Navigator.

Watch this excellent BBC series on the Serengeti In the US, go this page. In the UK, go here.