Colloquially known as the king of the jungle, lions are the second largest cat on planet Earth. Endemic to Africa and India, lions are symbolic of sub-Saharan wildlife. Iconic for their enormous manes, they are one of the most popular cultural images worldwide.
Similar to many animals endemic to the sub-Saharan region, lionsare classified as a vulnerable species on the IUCN red list. Theyare afflicted by many different things, including habitat loss,habitat fragmentation, and illegal poaching. While sanctuaries,preserves, and legislation have been established to try and protectthe remaining lion population, their numbers are still decliningeach on a yearly basis.