Changing Planet

VIDEO: Tiny lion cub has a message for the world

A few days ago we were greeted for the first time – most dramatically – by a 3.5 week old lion cub born to Gorongosa National Park’s “Sungue Pride.” Gorongosa’s wildlife is rebounding, lions too.  National Geographic’s Big Cat Initiative has been instrumental in this recovery.  In 2016 we established Lion Anti-Poaching Patrols and a Rapid-Response Veterinary Unit and since September not a single lion we’ve been monitoring has been caught in a poacher’s snare; This compared to 1/3 lions killed or maimed by snares in prior years.  A new record.  Keep roaring, baby!  Stream the video at

Editor’s Note:

National Geographic Emerging Explorer Mateus Mutemba, the Warden of Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique, shared this video at the National Geographic Society’s Explorers Festival in Washington, D.C., captivating an audience of hundreds of explorers, conservationists, and Society staff. Read an interview with Mutemba and his work in  one of Africa’s most iconic national parks:

National Geographic Emerging Explorer Mateus Mutemba: Ambassador for Conservation-based Prosperity


Paola is Associate Director of Carnivore Conservation for Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique. Her team is dedicated to the recovery and conservation of lions, leopards, wilddogs and hyaena across the Greater Gorongosa Ecosystem. Paola is a 2014-18 National Geographic Big Cat Initiative Grantee.
  • christine mueller

    This absolutely just touches my heart! Thank you to the Big Cat Initiative. Thank you for all you do. I donate to you monthly. Great things can happen when we all work together. Preserving and protecting our wildlife is imperative. We know extinction is forever.

  • Robin Gonsoski

    Awesome, thank you for your hard work!!!

  • Denise Howell

    Well done!!! Wow!

  • Mernice Lanier

    Our wildlife must be protected for future generations.

  • Denise

    Having donated some to the BCI, I can only say thank you for all you do to help these beautiful and iconic animals. Your documentaries have definitely been instrumental in calling attention to their plight and touched the hearts of many, including myself. Thank you again.

  • Noemi M. Orozco

    Yeah. He’s telling us to go away and leave them in peace.

  • Noemi M. Orozco

    Yeah. He’s telling us to go away and leave them in peace. Precious baby.

  • Vaseem

    Incredible initiative!!! keep it going, and wish success all the way…

  • Valerie Myra

    What a beautiful baby. Thank you so much for all your efforts

  • Denine Mishoe

    How Amazingly Beautiful!! It would be a crime against humanity if our future generations aren’t able to see these types of scenarios live. PLEASE keep him and others like him safe from all harm. PLEASE allow them to multiple and do everything possible to take down all the poachers and evil doers of wildlife! Africa this is your heritage, don’t loose it to greed… the world is counting on you!!

  • Dee

    Oh how precious! He honestly sounds like he’s hungry and looking for momma to come feed him. I sure hope mom/dad are close by and bringing lunch and that this little guy is closely monitored to make sure he gets what he needs. Absolutely Adorable!

  • Christine Loukakis

    Such good news . The world also needs to focus on Rhino and Elephant poaching ! All animals should be a world heritage focus point . We all need to educate our children and eradicate the poachers and people cruel yo animals.

  • Gwen Richards

    That is the cutest little lion cub!! Love the way
    he delivered his message….then went
    back to safety !! lol!!
    Thank you to the people wh9 shared this
    video !!

  • Philippa Castle

    Denine Mishoe, we know the world is counting on us… Our wildlife is critical and very important to us.
    I am doing my Endangered Species Photo Comp… to raise awareness and funds for orphaned wildlife. Vets need money!

  • Meg

    Thank you for all you do for them. Everything must be done to protect the remaining iconic species from crazy and greedy people killing them all the time.
    The law has to stand clearly on the side of the widelife.
    What an adorable little baby, what a little lion sweetheart and his cute roar 🙂 Keep him and others safe.
    Thank you so much.

  • Nancy

    What happened to the cub? Being “cute” will not save her/him if the cub is orphaned and starving. The cub is easy prey for other predators. Did the park staff check on the cub’s condition to make sure that she would receive the appropriate care to ensure her safety? Were they sure that her mother was nearby to care for her?
    I support, encourage and admire your work, dedication and knowledge, I honour you all. I just hope that this cub will continue to save the beauty of the big cats. – along with her many, many relatives!

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