Lions could vanish from the wild altogether unless drastic action is taken to save them, expert warns

LIONS could vanish from the wild forever unless action is taken to halt its slaughter, a new book warns.

The alert comes from wildlife photographers who took more than 70 images of the majestic beasts in national parks and reserves in Kenya, Tanzania and South Africa.

 Will the lion fade into the darkness of history?

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Will the lion fade into the darkness of history?Credit: Andrew Aveley / Remembering Lions
 The beautiful animals have been captured in a series of images

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The beautiful animals have been captured in a series of imagesCredit: Hanes Lochner / Remembering Lions
 Father figures.. Lionesses and cubs are losing their male protectors

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Father figures.. Lionesses and cubs are losing their male protectorsCredit: Suzi Eszterhas / Remembering Lions

Remembering Lions was masterminded by British snapper Margot Raggett. She wants to raise money and awareness to help protect the endangered species.

One photograph shows ten young lions desperate for food after losing their male lions.

Africa’s most famous lion Scar strikes a pose in another while a poignant moment between lioness and her cub is immortalised in a third image.

Within the same reserve, Kenya’s Maasai Mara, a cub meets his father for the first time.

But worryingly lion numbers have halved in 25 years, with only 20,000 left in Africa and a small pocket in India.

Margot said: “The rapid reduction is one of the least-known stories in conservation because the slaughter happens out of sight.

“Poorly regulated and illegal hunts can have catastrophic impacts.”

 The Lion King may be soon no more

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The Lion King may be soon no moreCredit: Federuco Veronesi / Remembering Lions
 Wildlife photographers want people to take action

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Wildlife photographers want people to take actionCredit: Billy Dodson / Remembering Lions
 Remembering Lions was masterminded by British snapper Margot Raggett

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Remembering Lions was masterminded by British snapper Margot RaggettCredit: James Gifford / Remembering Lions

Jonathan Scott, zoologist and host of BBC1’s Big Cat Live, added: “There can be no excuses, only shame if we allow the most iconic big cat to disappear from our planet.

“We must act now if future generations are to enjoy the sound of wild lions roaring at dawn.”

 A young lion's breath can be seen evaporating in the cold morning

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A young lion’s breath can be seen evaporating in the cold morningCredit: This image is not free please email andyrouse@mac.com for usage
 Will these young cubs survive in their homelands?

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Will these young cubs survive in their homelands?Credit: Margot Raggett / Remembering Lions

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