New research shows the lion population in Africa has fallen from 100,000 to about 32,000 in the past half-century because of loss of the animals’ savannah habitat.
Lions on a ridge in South Africa try to keep cool in the shade. Africa's savannahs, and their lions, are declining at alarming rates, according to a study published this week in the journal Biodiversity and Conservation. The research was funded by National Geographic's Big Cats Initiative. Mary Robbins/NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC Buy Photo