World Lion Day – 10 August 2021

World Lion Day – 10 August 2021
Game Drive Lion Sighting at Shishangeni - by BON Hotels

It’s World Lion Day! As far back as 3 million years ago, the King of the Jungle has freely roamed across the plains of Africa, Asia, Middle East and Europe, however have vanished from over 80% of their historic range in the last 100 years and currently only exist in over 25 African countries and one Asian country.

One place you’ll be sure to spot this majestic creature is at Shishangeni by BON Hotels as you embark on a game drive through the Kruger National Park.

Lions are the apex predator of their habitat; they check the population of browsers and grazers, thus helping in maintaining ecological balance. Lions also keep the population of their prey healthy and robust as they target weakest members of the herd, indirectly helping in disease control in the prey population. Their conservation also helps in protection of natural forest areas and habitats and in turn, helps in biodiversity management

Did you know?

  1. Lions hunt more during storms as the noise and wind make it harder for prey to see and hear them.
  2. Lions can eat up to 40kg of meat in a single meal – that’s around a quarter of their body weight!
  3. The average weight of a male lion is 190kg.
  4. Lion manes can grow up to 16cm long. These are a sign of dominance in males and grow darker with age.

We celebrate World Lion Day annually on the 10th of August with an emphasis to raise awareness and gather support for their declining population and conservation. Remember to do your part in protecting an already endangered species so as to not disturb various interrelated ecosystems in the region.