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April 25, 2011

How Kids Can Speak Up for Lions

The number of African lions is falling at a rapid rate. Unless something is done to stop their decline, the number of lions will continue to drop.

In order to save them from extinction, The HSUS, Humane Society International, and several other organizations are asking that African lions be listed as an endangered species. Read more about the problems facing lions in  KIND News and in our fact sheet.

Let the Department of Interior hear your roar! Kids can add their own voice urging the Department of the Interior to list African lions as endangered. It’s easy! Just print the Student Petition and add your comments to the page.  Explain what lions mean to you and why you want them to be protected.  Send the completed page to:

The Honorable Ken Salazar
Secretary of the Interior
1849 C Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20240

Raise awareness in your community 

Let people know that lions need their help! Here are a few ideas to get you started:

• Set up a display about lions in your school or at your local library. Explain why lions are in trouble and what can be done about it. Include posters and other artwork in your display.

• As a class, write a play about the problems lions are facing and how kids can help. Present the play at a school assembly. (Print a lion mask for actors to cut out, color, and wear!)

• Write letters to the editor of your local newspapers.

• Hold a "Build a Boma" fundraiser.  Like all animals, when lions are hungry, they have to eat.  If they see grazing livestock (like cows or goats), they don’t stop to consider that the animals belong to someone. They do what comes naturally: they hunt them. To the people who own the livestock, however, the lions are a threat. To protect their animals, they often kill the lions.

Humane Society International (HSI) will be working with local organizations in Africa to help livestock herders, as well as to save lions. How? By building bomas!  Bomas are barriers built to protect people and their livestock. Once people feel safe from lions, they won’t need to kill them.

If you would like to help HSI save lions, hold a Build a Boma fundraiser. Perhaps you can hold a coin collection drive, car wash, or a Build a Boma bake sale, birthday bash, or basketball game! Once you’ve raised funds, send them to: Build a Boma Project, Humane Society International, 2100 L Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20037.

• Let local newspaper, radio, and TV stations know about your projects to help lions. Ask them to cover your events. Tell us about it, too!

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