Seriously ? 20" x 17"

Seriously ? 20" x 17"

325.00

This multi-colored lion is the first painting that inspired my African Wildlife Series of watercolors. I have always been mesmerized by these majestic animals and want to pay tribute to them through color.

Size:  21.5" x 17.5"
Price: $325
Twenty percent of every African Wildlife Series painting sold is donated to the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), www.wwf.org.

Lions face threats from hunting, habitat loss, and diseases that can be spread from domestic dogs in nearby villages, according to the National Zoo. African lions are listed as vulnerable by the International Union for Conservation of Nature's (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species. This is because their numbers are decreasing dramatically. Their current population is estimated at 30,000 to 100,000. The population has been almost cut in half in the past two decades because of retaliatory killings by farmers (whose livestock the lions eat), as well as from trophy hunting and habitat loss.

To keep the lion from going extinct in Africa, governments and conservation organizations need to boost budgets for conservation parks and personnel, to keep people from killing the lions' prey or the big cats themselves.

A new study, January 8, 2017, in the journal PLOS ONE, suggests that without dramatic conservation efforts, three of the four West African lion populations could become extinct in the next five years, with further declines in the one remaining population, study co-author Philipp Henschel, the lion program survey coordinator for Panthera, a global wildcat conservation organization, reported. The genetic findings, combined with the dire survey results, suggest the West African lion should be listed as a critically endangered subspecies, or at the least, as a regionally critically endangered animal, Henschel said.

Lions Face Extinction in West Africa By Tia Ghose, Staff Writer | January 8, 2014 05:00pm ET- See more at: https://www.livescience.com/42424-west-african-lions-face-extinction.html#sthash.pYfM9ixn.dpuf

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