A lion and lioness greeting in Masai Mara National Reserve
A lion and lioness greeting in Masai Mara National Reserve. Photograph by Beverly Joubert/National Geographic Creative

Save a Lion! Your Donations Can Help Protect Big Cats

With a lion's strong jaws and claws, it's no wonder that this big cat is a big shot in the wild. But the powerful predator still faces threats—including ones from humans. To find food, lions may hunt livestock on farms, putting the cats in danger when people try to stop them. Without protection, these big cats could vanish.

To help protect the felines, people can build a special wall made of branches and mesh wire around the farms. Called a boma (BOH-ma), this wall blocks lions from livestock so humans and lions can live together in peace.

You can help build a boma by donating to National Geographic's Big Cats Initiative. Every $500 raised helps pay for one boma. And each of these walls could help save two lions. So send us your pennies, quarters—anything you can do to help save a lion's life. Working together, kids really can make a difference!

Grab a parent and donate today!

Any amount of money—50 cents, five dollars, whatever—will help make sure that lions survive. Make checks payable to Big Cats Initiative (cash works too!) and send to:

National Geographic Society
Development Office:
NGK Cause an Uproar
1145 17th St. NW
Washington, DC 20036

Or visit causeanuproar.org/donate.

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