LIONS (PANTHERA LEO) IN Mali

Principle Threats

Pressures on land use from increasing human populations leading to continued fragmentation of the remaining suitable habitat coupled with indiscriminate killing in defense of life and livestock and prey base depletion are recognized as being the principle causes for their decline.

Trade in Lions

Number of wild source lions estimated in international trade, 1999-2008:  0
Average annual wild source trade as percent of population size*:  0
* Used average of Chardonnet (2002) and Bauer & van der Merwe (2004) studies

Place J, Flocken J, Travers W, Waterland S, Telecky T, Kennedy C, Goyenechea A (2011) Petition to list the African Lion (Panthera leo leo) as endangered pursuant to the US Endangered Species Act.  The International Fund for Animal Welfare, The Born Free Foundation, The Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society International, Defenders of Wildlife (pdf)

Lions in Culture

The founder of Mali, Sundiata Keita, (c. 1217 – c. 1255) was also known by the name Sogolon Djata.  Jata means “lion”, whereas Sogolon means “daughter of a buffalo”.  His grandchild, Mansa Musa who later took the throne, became known as the Lion King because of his alleged power and strength (html)

Governing Body

Ministry of Environment & Sanitation
Government of Mali
BP 1676
Bamako
Mali
http://www.primature.gov.ml/
 

Lions in the News

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