Have a Lion’s heart; live long, love strong and respect our planet. There is nothing cooler than that. Today we celebrate the animal kingdom's most fearsome, beautiful and almighty creatures for World Lion Day. 'This is 'Alex'. He's like the lion in the film 'Madagascar’. 'A' for Alex and he's the King of the Jungle,' my daughter announces. 'The baby lion cub is called 'Freddie' and he's playing with my heart shaped balloon. I've told him not to let it go. I've done that before and it made me cry.' 'Hmm,' I reply. 'It's a bit like if we stopped looking after lions, they would be lost too which would be so sad for we wouldn't be able to see them anymore.'
My daughter and I love lions and we've discussed conservation issues around them before so she's aware of why they're endangered. 'We need to look after their homes because they're being taking away,' my daughter pipes up - she's referring to habitat destruction of course, because human populations are encroaching and building on grasslands and forest areas in Africa and India where lion species live. 'And hunting because it's not nice to do that, is it.' I whole heartedly agree. I drew this and my best girl coloured in Alex, Freddie and the heart shaped balloon with her coloured pencils. I added oil pastels.
Jane Goodall and the Jane Goodall Institute UK are working to end wildlife trafficking. If interested in finding out more, you might like visit http://www.janegoodall.org.uk