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High Five! Give $5. Save Big Cats.

Don’t leave him hangin’. (Photo by Beverly Joubert)

See the tiny lion cub. All alone in the great big world. Needing nothing but your virtual high five to stay alive.

Well, kind of.

Lions and other big cats need a lot more than that if they’re going to avoid going extinct in the wild, but it’s easier than you think to help them out.

Before World Lion Day arrives on August 10, share the images below or your own high-five photo or video on social media and tag five friends with #5forBigCats.

Then donate here (or in the U.S., text “FIVE” to 50555) to give $5 to National Geographic’s Big Cats Initiative.



You and your friends will be helping National Geographic explorers to protect big cats around the world. You’ll help build fences to protect livestock and avoid retaliation hunting. You’ll combat poaching. You’ll help protect the environments the cats need in order to survive.

Separate we are little tiny cubs. Together, we’re a powerful pride.

(Photo by Beverly Joubert)
High five! Give $5. Save big cats. (Photo by Beverly Joubert)

So high five! Give $5. Save big cats.


Andrew Howley is a longtime contributor to the National Geographic blog, with a particular focus on archaeology and paleoanthropology generally, and ancient rock art in particular. In 2018 he became Communications Director at Adventure Scientists, founded by Nat Geo Explorer Gregg Treinish. Over 11 years at the National Geographic Society, Andrew worked in various ways to share the stories of NG explorers and grantees online. He also produced the Home Page of for several years, and helped manage the Society's Facebook page during its breakout year of 2010. He studied Anthropology with a focus on Archaeology from the College of William & Mary in Virginia. He has covered expeditions with NG Explorers-in-Residence Mike Fay, Enric Sala, and Lee Berger. His personal interests include painting, running, and reading about history. You can follow him on Twitter @anderhowl and on Instagram @andrewjhowley.
  • Debbie Blaydes

    These big cats and even domestic cats are veru important and deserve to be safe.

  • lindsey

    Live and let live.

  • Parvulescu

    Yep , I will donate …but still Cecil the lion was killed in most terrible ways and he was protected .
    And also , THE DENTIST , THE MURDERE is still free and if he will punished he will just be extradated and he will be able to kill more and more …( what is he doing right now)
    And more , lot of lions are killed , but nobody cared until Cecil was killed . Let’s make justice for animals like we do for us

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