Gee, imagine Africa without the lion

It’s about habitat. Loss of habitat. People have to give it back to the lion and other African animals. They have to leave the lion alone. If Africa goes on as it is now, within 20 years there will be no lions left on the continent. Imagine Africa without the lion.

The words are those of the person in the video who loves and understands the lion and what is causing their gradual extinction.

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Gee, imagine Africa without the lion — 17 Comments

  1. I love this video, this man, and those beautiful creatures. Thank goodness we have videos because we are blowing it completely as caretakers of our planet and we stand to lose these amazing animals.

    • Thanks DW for finding it. It made me shed a tear. So beautiful but so sad. What a mess we have made of things. How many of us realise it and how many care?

    • I can’t watch it now because I’m at work sadly.

      But Dorothy you said it very well in a nutshell. We are blowing it – we have blown alot of it already.

      • We are a juggernaut that can’t be turned around and in 200 years time people will look back and say “God, what a bunch of idiotic barbarians they were in 2013. They wrecked the planet!”.

  2. I loved every second of this.
    So many don’t care or have the forethought of what is being done to our planet. They don’t think that whatever small thing they could do would make a difference. It does.
    I heard a story a while ago that touched me:

    Thousands of starfish were stranded on the beach and a man was watching a very young boy throwing them back into the water one by one. He approached the boy and asked him how he thought he could, possibly, make a difference since there were so many. The young boy picked up another starfish and threw him back into the ocean and said, ” It made a difference to that one.”

    • Well said Dee. If everyone did a small bit like that boy to help the planet we’d solve some of the problems. One problem we are not tackling and have no intention of tackling is human world population numbers. It is the stark and rapid increase in the number of people and their activities that eats into wild life habitat pushing out in this case the lion. Africa has one of the fastest growing human populations of all the continents as I recall.

      • Do you have any thoughts on how to get a grip on population control, Michael?
        I think China enforces limits on the number of children a couple can have. I, personally, like that. I am very much in favor of mandatory birth control and providing benefits only for 2 kids, in hopes that some women will stop spitting out baby after baby in order to get money. As far as the third world, perhaps we should be providing birth control in addition to food and medical care.

        • You mention benefits. In the UK we encourage larger families through benefits. But the biggest growth in population is in the poorer less industrialised countries. They have large families to survive more easily – the kids start work young and support the older family members. In some Northern European countries there is a decline in population (excluding immigration).

          I don’t see a solution. It is not in control. China’s restrictions on children is about to stop and it causes unforeseen problems (social engineering is a dirty phrase). There has to be a willingness to limit family size across all nations. We are a very far from that utopia. Humans are a disease destroying the planet so said a well respected biologist and presenter David Attenborough.

        • Dee they are changing that now and letting families sometimes have more children because China wants to be the biggest power in the world and to do that they need alot of people.

          ….it’s ALL about money.

          • Correct – thanks Marc. If China had kept on course with restrictions on family size it would end with a lot of geriatrics and no one to make the money to support them. Germany has this problem not through force but because Germans are not having children.

            China is now buying up stakes in companies all over the world and taking over Africa (for minerals). Their African activities are bad news for the lion and other wildlife due to mining and therefore habitat loss.

            • Yes true – however the Chinese have been alot more clever about Africa than our countries have. Our countries still behave like imperialist colonies in Africa. We are busy sending swat teams and drones into Africa – without the slightest bit of success while the Chinese are quietly taking control of the whole place. Why do our governments only speak with force and violence? Everywhere our countries deem to be ‘out of control’ they feel they must send in troops to control it. Meanwhile China is just laughing at us spending all our money to punch above our weight militarily.

              Don’t get me wrong – neither is good for the lion. I am not sure which is worse. Lets not forget that it’s our people who also/as well like to go on canned hunts and who have committed most of the destruction already many years ago.

              NOBODY is good in this story except the few who are there just to help the animals.

              • We are busy sending swat teams and drones into Africa – without the slightest bit of success while the Chinese are quietly taking control of the whole place.

                Spot on. The Chinese are playing the West like a banjo. They are silently and surreptitiously taking over Africa and will probably run the place one day (the Africans are no match for them). It will be the day when there are no more lions because the Chinese are not famous for being animal lovers and giving animals their rights. They are more famous for eating them.

            • I feel like I should go to Africa before it’s too late. Would anybody be interested in going for 10 days? I’d do it alone but it would be more fun with somebody else.

    • Shocking isn’t it, Ruth? The two go together but there is a real possibility that in the not to distant future people will have to get used the idea of lions in cages and zoos and no where else.

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