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“Only 34 Lions Left in Nigeria” – Lions in Nigeria & other parts of West Africa head towards Extinction!



West African Lion
30 years ago, there were 200,000 lions roaming wild across the African continent but now there are only between 15,000 and 32,000 left. Of the lions left, it is a estimated that there are just 645 genetically distinct wild lions left in western and central Africa with “only 34 left in Nigeria“. That is most recent report from leading charity to protect and conserve endangered lions worldwide, LionAid as reported in the UK Daily Mail.

Dr Pieter Kat, trustee of LionAid told the UK Guardian, “There has been a catastrophic decline in the populations of lions in Africa, and particularly west Africa. These lions have been neglected for a very long time and do not have adequate protection programs.

Even though the national parks in west Africa contain very distinct and very important fauna compared to eastern Africa, people tend to ignore that west Africa is a very special place. As a result, the populations in west Africa are declining so quickly.

Lion Map

Yohanna Saidu, a research officer at Nigeria’s interior ministry confirmed that the number of lions in Nigeria is declining fast! Nigeria officially had 44 lions in 2009 and now 34 lions remain. “We are doing our best to protect our lions but we are very concerned about them” he said.

Dr Pieter Kat confirmed the dire situation – “As a biologist I would say that in a country like Nigeria, which has only 34 lions left, they are already extinct. It’s almost impossible to build up a population from such a small number.

This is so sad. Nigerians travel to South Africa and Kenya on Safari. That’s great but our wildlife is going extinct and little is being done to reserve this trend.


  1. Gbemi

    January 9, 2013 at 7:17 pm

    Is this not supposed to be good news? I think a safe way to preserve wild life (especially carnivores) is through paintings, pictures etc

    • Tiki

      January 9, 2013 at 7:35 pm

      By that you mean their memories right? Because I doubt a lion will hold up a self-portrait as a shield from a poacher’s gun!

    • Sope

      January 9, 2013 at 9:42 pm

      LOOOOOOOL. Perfect reply.

    • i no send

      January 10, 2013 at 8:43 am

      tiki reply i have seen

    • Bleed blue

      January 10, 2013 at 12:55 pm

      Tiki you have wounded me with laughter!

    • ma

      January 9, 2013 at 7:43 pm


    • Numommy

      January 9, 2013 at 10:07 pm

      Say what you will Wale, i agree with Gbemi. Would rather look at a picture of a lion , than a real Lion any day. I do not need them to be roaming about, thats for sure. Now if we could reduce the amount of cockroaches worldwide, then i’d really be a happy camper 4 sure.

    • Ladi

      January 9, 2013 at 11:11 pm

      cockroaches, mosquitoes and rats.

      I don;t want to have to go to Kenya or South Africa on safari. I miss the days when Yankari Game Reserve was a wildlife spot. All they have now are violent baboons, elephants and a few antelopes.

    • lol

      January 9, 2013 at 11:47 pm

      @numommy; and mosquitoes

    • lollipop

      January 10, 2013 at 12:17 am

      ‘numommy; and mosquitoes.

    • Bunmi

      January 10, 2013 at 1:08 pm

      ……..and rats too, damn i hate those creatures.

    • HABBA

      January 10, 2013 at 3:34 am

      LWKMD Gbemi!

    • really?

      January 10, 2013 at 3:49 am

      Are you being serious? This is a pretty ignorant comment. Lions are beautiful animals and they should be preserved. There has to be balance in the ecosystem and all animals are there for a reason. It’s not like said lions are roaming the street, they are in their natural habitats or in zoos and should be left alone. I know i want my children to grow up in a world with all sorts of beautiful and colourful animals and not just hear tales like dinosaurs. Lions included.

  2. Wale

    January 9, 2013 at 7:50 pm

    Pretty Stupid Comment Gbemi!!. Perhaps u are trying to be funny or you are juts intellectually challenged?

    • Rogue

      January 10, 2013 at 8:17 am

      I understand your frustration. Some people enjoy making foolish remarks.

  3. ajikegold

    January 9, 2013 at 9:19 pm

    Haba Wale, thats uncalled for.

  4. lion of africa

    January 9, 2013 at 9:41 pm

    they forgot to count me, im the 35th lion of africa

    • R

      January 10, 2013 at 6:38 am


  5. uloma

    January 9, 2013 at 9:42 pm

    nobody is saying anything about the lions….

  6. Hilda

    January 9, 2013 at 9:47 pm

    You nigerians are so full of drama

  7. Dean Oribo

    January 9, 2013 at 10:03 pm

    Didn’t know Naija had lions oh.
    …explains some tribal marks I’ve seen recently. No parent can do that to their child.

    • Ladi

      January 9, 2013 at 11:08 pm

      When my family went to Yankari Game reserve ten years ago, we drove by a lion crossing the road to the residence area.

      When we went 3 years ago, there were none.

      Nigerians are just ridiculous. I hope Gbemi and Dean are joking. Our non existent tourism industry is dead and with 34 lions, how can that sector develop, create jobs or income?

    • Debutante

      January 9, 2013 at 11:50 pm


    • R

      January 10, 2013 at 6:38 am

      O dear

  8. mikolo!

    January 9, 2013 at 10:40 pm

    @ wale u r on point seconded! I fink dey shld capture d remain 34 and breed Dem under a closed facility and introduce Dem back to d wild as they it’s 34 tomorrow it will be zero! We need to act fast! Dis a potential money spinner bt 9ja is all abt oil..wen dere is no more oil God knws wat we will do..

  9. isey Ojo's

    January 9, 2013 at 11:03 pm

    we should be happy dat our lives are safe from wild animal like lion

  10. Princess

    January 9, 2013 at 11:45 pm

    They didnt count the lions properly… there are so many lions roaming our streets. Infact all kinds of animals and few humans.I suggest a RECOUNT!!

    • Bleed blue

      January 10, 2013 at 12:56 pm


  11. tai tai

    January 9, 2013 at 11:50 pm

    i guess we’ve overlooked preserving these wonderful and powerful looking animals and all what we know in naija is yahoo yahoo, wear brazilian,peruvian,malaysian,indian hair, to carry louis vuitton bag and caking on excess make up but the most important stuff which we are we are supposed to work on,mba we just wo’n’t.i shake my head for this blessed country of ours. heaven helps those who help themselves

  12. lollipop

    January 10, 2013 at 12:20 am

    @numommy; and mosquitoes

  13. Teetee

    January 10, 2013 at 12:30 am

    Common people don’t stall from the story here. Is a total extinction of this animals in nigeria I like to preserve natures. Lion is part of Africa nature.

  14. Africanus

    January 10, 2013 at 1:15 am

    Instead of you all to lament the loss of your patrimony and suggest ways to reverse the trend, you are trading barbs…nawa ooo

  15. taiwo

    January 10, 2013 at 1:54 am

    i knew nobody would take this seriously it a sad news if u guys do not know only 34 left. we do not do enough to protect the wildlife which is so sad it not like they come and attack us if we go look for their trouble of course they will attack us. this should be taken seriously.

  16. Purpleicious Babe

    January 10, 2013 at 6:22 am

    after all the invaders have invaded and captured our lions plus chucked them in the zoo , how will they not go extinct? ..

    anyhoo, we do need better programs to preserve our wildlives, they are part of biodiversity and the environment.

  17. Kevin

    January 10, 2013 at 6:44 am

    Sad news – at least some still persist. West African countries could probably use their natural heritage to greater advantage.

  18. zzzzz

    January 10, 2013 at 7:56 am

    This is a serious issue and instead some folks are making jest of the whole thing

  19. Mow

    January 10, 2013 at 8:49 am

    oh no…i love Lions, i think they are a beautiful specie…

  20. fademi

    January 10, 2013 at 8:51 am

    I hope they can be preserved, i love the tales of lions, i love the idea of having them around. Mufasa and Simba and Uncle Scar 🙁

  21. Moi

    January 10, 2013 at 10:50 am

    After laffing my head off at the silly comments up in here, i agree that we are not addressing the issue. I think it’s part of our one-track narrow mind in this country. Some people are only concerned about their ‘supposed’ safety and ‘potection’ from lions! Has one entered your sitting room before?? You guys r just amazing! there is more to their existence (lions) than coming to you house to make lunch outta you! There something called and ecosystem and maintaing the balance in the biodiversity of our ecology… Unfortunately, human beings, talk less of lions, are not the priority of our government. I just wonder what we as people can do…

  22. ok

    January 10, 2013 at 2:40 pm

    the only body to make the desperately needed change is the government. unfortunately nigeria has no government so there is no solution to this problem in nigeria. look else where for this extinction to be reversed. nigeria government that can not take care of human beings will take care of lions? lol what a joke!!! am surprise we have 34 left.

  23. phinex

    January 10, 2013 at 5:32 pm

    Hi guys , I would like to educate some of us who believe that lions should be extinct, and those who seem to care less what happens to those majestic creatures, your mind set and line of thought appears to be myopic and childish at best, cos this very creatures hold and keep other animals in check, its †ђξ natural way of keeping †ђξ population of other animals in check , look at this scenario if †ђξ lions are gone †ђξ antelopes and other foraging animals they feed on will grow in population, much like †ђξ way domestic cats have been decimated in population allowing rat populations to grow. So for •̸Ϟε its ‎​ sad development and it should give us ‎​ good reason to think about †ђξ balance of life , †ђξ food chain and there very important factors that will be an off shoot of †ђξ extinction of lions . Ur worried about rats waite till antelopes and gazelles cause accidents on our roads then ΰ will miss †ђξ lions and then it will be too late .

  24. Wise One

    January 11, 2013 at 4:28 pm

    @Gbemi You must be ignorant about wildlife and various species on the surface of the earth, for you to say such. How would you say Lions going extinct is a good thing? In an ecosystem, every animal has its role to ensure balance in the system. Even God that placed them on the surface of this earth gave them a role to play. So please Gbemi, if you think you not important doesn’t mean Lions are not. So be sure of want you think before you decide to post it for others to see. #BeWise.

  25. carr

    April 27, 2013 at 8:21 am

    Stupid comments from gbemi and numommy! Typical nigerian mentality….
    So u two “cows” prefer if lions go extinct??, such stupid comments!
    Lions are beautiful creatures! If they go extinct, what’s gonna become of africas wildlife?..they are part of the BIG 5 of africa! I guess gbemi and numommy are illiterates!

  26. yinka babatunde

    June 25, 2015 at 12:52 pm

    are they sure that we have only 34 lion left nigeria ;if so i dont even have the believe that we have lion in nigeria,but if we have lets preserve them.

  27. concerned

    December 9, 2015 at 4:10 pm

    Preserve them like God preserved male and female genders of all animals prior to Noah’s Flood.

  28. Ibrahim

    April 16, 2016 at 8:01 pm

    It did not say 34 lions, but 34 distinct genes

  29. Azeez

    December 17, 2016 at 8:01 am

    Dat gud to keep al d wild animal in a safety place

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