National Geographic Celebrates World Lion Day: CEO Gary Knell Honors Our Unsung Heroes of Lion Conservation

by Gary E. Knell

The Olympics are in full gear — a global event sure to capture our attention for weeks to come. But today I’d like to pause and turn our attention for a moment to one of nature’s greatest athletes: the lion.

Known for their earth shattering roars, giant paws and majestic manes, lions are often a sign of strength and power. Individually, they usually are quite imposing. Collectively though, they are a species in trouble.

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