Adopt a lion

Strong, powerful and incredibly vulnerable to conflict with people, loss of habitat and prey.

About 30,000-35,000 African lions remain in the wild today. Numbers have plummeted by around 30% in the past 20 years, and over 40% of their key populations are in decline. The International Union for Conservation of Nature classifies them as ‘vulnerable’ on its red list.


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Your adoption really helps

Animal adoptions like yours give a huge boost to our work. They help fund projects to work with local communities to monitor lion movement and reduce human-lion conflict.

Protect these incredible animals and receive:

Cuddly lion toy

Cuddly toy

An optional soft toy to love forever.

My Lions magazine

Regular updates

Both Wild World and My Lions magazines will keep you up-to-date three times a year.

Fact pack

Fact pack

Packed with facts, bookmarks and stickers.

A wonderful gift at any time of year

A wonderful gift

Give a gift that will help protect the future of lions and their habitats

Map of Snow leopards range

Lions are currently found in much of sub-Saharan Africa, with key populations in protected areas in Botswana, Kenya, South Africa, Tanzania and Zambia. Lions are the most sociable of all big cats and live in groups called prides


30%African lion declineover 20yrs

Human conflict

Lions living outside protected areas are more likely to prey on livestock and local farmers who need to protect their herds and their livelihoods are likely to retaliate.

Lion silhouette

Illegal wildlife trade

In recent years the trade in lion bone as a substitute for tiger bone in traditional Asian medicine has risen

Human silhouette

Loss of habitat

People are clearing land to make way for agriculture

40kgof meat eatenin a single meal

Loss of prey

Destroying and fragmenting lion habitat has reduced their natural prey numbers.

How we can help

For many years, we’ve been helping to establish and improve protected areas that are supporting lions in key places throughout Africa. We also work in a number of places to secure space for wildlife through creating conservancies and helping people benefit from wildlife.

We support the Mara lion project, which monitors and protects lions in Kenya’s Maasai Mara landscape. Here, we’re helping study the lions’ movements and behaviour to better understand local populations. Learning more about the needs and behaviour of these magnificent cats, and the threats they face, will also help us to protect them in the long term.

Your adoption and support will help us:

  • promote sustainable use of natural resources in the region
  • work with the local communities to monitor lion movements and reduce human/lion conflict
  • monitor lions in the northern Maasai Mara
  • fund our other essential work around the world

A lion's roar can be heard from as far as 5miles away and prides often roar together to mark their territory.

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