What can be done to save the King of the Jungle? Well lion populations have declined by 75% over 50 years, and now number only about 30,000. But expert Terry Anderson of the group PERC says protecting lions privately rather than through ineffective endangered species policies is a far better way to go. He explains that human-lion conflicts and habitat loss are the major cause of declining numbers, so making lions an asset to local people rather than a liability is the key. He notes that controlled hunting generates more than $200 million per year in revenue across Africa, and that private conservancies offer additional revenue and local jobs that can bring back lion numbers to much mightier levels.
February 13, 2013 by David Rothbard,
David Rothbard is co-founder and President of CFACT.