World Lion Day is observed globally on August 10 every year. World Lion Day is marked to raise awareness about the king of beasts and the efforts undertaken for their conservation. Owing to their courage, intelligence, strength, and magnificence, lions often feature on national flags, and royal symbols and emblems to represent command, power or authority across cultures. World Lion Day was launched in 2013.
About the big cat:
The big cat is listed as an endangered species in the IUCN Red List. The majestic animal is the second-largest member of the Felidae (cat family), after the tiger. There is only one species of the lion in the world whose scientific name is Panthera leo. As per the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN)’s Red List of Threatened Species (2016), the Panthera leo has two subspecies: Panthera Leo and Panthera leo persica, found in Africa and Asia.
Important takeaways for all competitive exams:
- International Union for Conservation of Nature Headquarters: Gland, Switzerland;
- International Union for Conservation of Nature CEO: Bruno Oberle;
- International Union for Conservation of Nature Founder: Julian Huxley;
- International Union for Conservation of Nature Founded: 5 October 1948.