Why are Lions Endangered? - Lesson for Kids

Why are Lions Endangered? - Lesson for Kids
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  • 0:00 Endangered Lions
  • 0:31 Habitat Destruction
  • 0:53 Disappearing Prey
  • 1:16 Hunting Dangers & Diseases
  • 1:48 Saving the Lions
  • 2:14 Lesson Summary
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Instructor: Jennifer Lowery

Jennifer has taught elementary levels K-3 and has master's degrees in elementary education and curriculum/instruction and educational leadership.

Some species of lion have become endangered, and their populations are getting smaller. In this lesson, learn why lion numbers are decreasing, including the destruction of their habitats, loss of food sources, and lack of protection.

Endangered Lions

Lions have many nicknames, like 'King of the Jungle' and 'Top of the Food Chain', because they're very powerful animals that can survive in different environments. Unfortunately, there are several different species, or types, of lions that are considered endangered. This means that the numbers of these lions are decreasing, and they could possibly become extinct, or no longer exist. There are several reasons why these lions are endangered. Let's find out why their populations are getting smaller.

Habitat Destruction

One of the main reasons why lions are disappearing is that their homes are being destroyed. Many endangered lions live in grassland and forest areas of Africa and India. As the human population increases, these lion habitats are destroyed in order to create more homes and buildings for people. Without an area to call home, endangered lions often die off.

Disappearing Prey

While a buffalo or zebra might not sound like a tasty snack for you, lions would think it delicious! They often hunt for prey, or animals they can kill for food, around their habitats. If human development is causing a decrease in the lion population, can you guess what's also happening to their prey? Because there are fewer animals available, lions have to search harder for food to survive.

Hunting Dangers & Diseases

Not only do lions have to search for new homes and prey, but they also have to avoid hunters as well. Some people hunt and kill lions as a sport or for recreation. Farmers might hunt lions because they pose a danger to their farm animals. Still other hunters try to kill lions for their fur.

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