How Many Lions Are Left?

Amid the #CecilTheLion scandal, in which U.S. dentist Walter Palmer killed a beloved lionĀ in an animal sanctuary in Zimbabwe, much media attention has been paid to trophy hunting of vulnerable species. Lions are particularly vulnerable, as much of the world’s big cat population has been decimated. Just how many are left? Here are the numbers, according to National Geographic’s Big Cat Initiative. (Check theirĀ site to learn more about how you can help.)

VN Lion