For over a decade, guests at Zimbabwe's Hwange National Park noticed that one lion stood out – a large male with a shaggy black mane. The lion so endeared himself that he was given the name Cecil.
The death of the beloved Cecil at the hands of an American hunter has sparked outrage across the globe. And the number of big cats worldwide continues to decline.
Nat Geo Wild will commemorate World Lion Day today (Monday 10 August) with a full day of big cat programming to remind us why these vital apex predators are so important to protect.
National Geographic’s Big Cat Initiative has launched “High-Five. Give $5. Save Big Cats” initiative. The campaign asks people to post a photo of themselves giving a virtual high-five, tagging 5 friends, using the hashtag #5forBigCats and donating $5 to the Big Cat Initiative at http://donate.ngs.org/5forbigcats