This month’s Nature’s Heartbeat is about the African Lion. I’m so impressed by the presence and magnificence of these animals. Lions are one of the most widely recognized animal symbols in human culture, and it’s no wonder why. They are stunning! I’m always in awe to see them.

Over a century ago, there were more than 200,000 wild lions in Africa. Now it’s estimated there are between 20,000 – 30,000. Lions have vanished from over 95% of their historic range in just the last 100 years, and are listed as “Vulnerable” on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

Panthera, through Project Leonardo, aims to increase lion populations by protecting and connecting lion populations across Africa.

As always, think globally – act locally. Do what you can to support and appreciate these gorgeous creatures.




By Kathleen Reeder


In the night, lit by the moon

The lions are waiting

For the moment when

Eyes are turned away.


Stress calls echo and then stop,

The animals know the sound

Of the soul who gave its life

To feed the lions tonight.


A symbol of strength and power

He is the king of all beasts.

Both keystone and apex,

Fearing no other.


Regal and majestic, his mane flowing,

Simply to be in his presence

Is an honor to behold

In the wild of Africa.


Bestowed as ruler of earth

As eagles rule the sky.

He protects what is his

With no fear or regret.


He is not the biggest

As ellies will tell him,

But be the watchful eye

For Leo is lurking and ready.








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