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National Geographic Celebrates World Lion Day

CEO Gary Knell Honors Our Unsung Heroes of Lion Conservation

Summary

On World Lion Day, National Geographic Society CEO Gary E. Knell reflects on three women leading the charge in lion conservation on his Medium blog.

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.

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.
Gary E. Knell, president and CEO, National Geographic Society

Fortunately there are heroes on the ground working every day to save lions — many of them brave women scientists, explorers, and conservationists. You’ve probably heard of Beverly Joubert, a National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence, conservationist, and award-winning photographer and documentary filmmaker (work she does alongside her husband and fellow Explorer-in-Residence, Dereck Joubert).

But as we pause to reflect on the fate of lions this World Lion Day, I’d like to introduce you to three amazing women who you may not have heard of — women whose work is leveraging the power of science, community, and ingenuity to stop the decline of these magnificent big cats.

Read the full post on Medium

About the National Geographic Society

The National Geographic Society is a leading nonprofit that invests in bold people and transformative ideas in the fields of exploration, scientific research, storytelling and education. Through our grants and programs, we aspire to create a community of change, advancing key insights about our planet and probing some of the most pressing scientific questions of our time while ensuring that the next generation is armed with geographic knowledge and global understanding. Our goal is measurable impact: furthering exploration and educating people around the world to inspire solutions for the greater good. For more information, visit www.nationalgeographic.org.

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