Letters to Lions

Paws up, pencils out!

Grab Your Pencils


Lions are in danger of extinction across Africa. Filmmakers and National Geographic Explorers-in-Residence Dereck and Beverly Joubert want you to help save lions! Write letters to lions and the Jouberts will deliver some of them to African leaders to let them know how important lions are to kids everywhere. We will feature a few of them in a gallery on the National Geographic websites and in print!


How to Help


Follow these four easy steps!


  1. Ask your parents if you can write a letter to lions.
  2. Write a letter to lions telling them what they mean to you. Include drawings of lions if you want. Your letter should be no more than 250 words long and must be your original work.
  3. Print out, read the permission form, and ask your parents to sign it. We would like their permission to print the letters and drawings and feature some of them on our websites.
  4. Mail your letter, artwork, and signed form to:

    National Geographic Kids
    Room 767
    1145 17th St., NW
    Washington, DC 20036

Selection for publication will be at the discretion of the Jouberts and National Geographic Society. Submissions become the property of the National Geographic Society and the Big Cats Initiative and all rights are transferred to the NGS. Submissions cannot be acknowledged or returned.

Did You Know?

• An adult lion's roar can be heard up to five miles (eight kilometers) away.
• Unlike other cats, lions have a tuft of hair at the end of their tails.
• Lions are the only cats that live in groups, called prides.
• There used to be 450,000 lions in Africa 60 years ago, now there are probably as few as 20,000 remaining.