The BBC has reported on the Cecil Lion Summit announced by Panthera and WildCRU earlier this week. Utilizing the global outpour of awareness around lions following the killing of Cecil the lion in Zimbabwe, this landmark summit will be held at the Recanati-Kaplan Centre in Oxford in 2016 to bring together the world’s leading wild cat scientists to reassess how the lion can be saved across Africa.
Although highly social and visible to tourists, the lion, unbeknownst to many, is in free fall across its African range. The species has undergone catastrophic declines — From an estimated population of 200,000 across Africa a century ago, and 30,000 a decade ago, as few as 20,000 lions may now roam free in the"
Panthera’s President, Dr. Luke Hunter, explains more in regarding the Cecil Lion Summit.