Why World Lion Day is especially meaningful this year

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August 10 is World Lion Day, and this year the day has an especially important meaning and message.

The World Lion Day website states that the main goal of World Lion day is to "save the king of beasts to save ourselves" -- a message that is especially important to consider as we remember the life and tragic death of Cecil the Lion, one of Africa's most famous lions and the main attraction at the Hwange National Park.

Cecil's death raised a lot of eyebrows and caused international heartbreak. The 'Lion King' animator even created a beautiful artistic tribute in honor of the lion.

#WorldLionDay on Instagram:
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#WorldLionDay Years back I had the pleasure of going to Africa with @Wildaid @therealpeterlindbergh @davidbabaii Bringing awareness to stop the illegal wildlife trade. I encourage you today to take a minute to scroll through all the amazing foundations that are tirelessly and admirably dedicating their lives to protect our wildlife and show your support🙏 @WildAid @NatGeo @wwf @worldanimalprotectionus @africanwildlifeprotection etc.... #EndTrophyHunting #EndIllegalWildlifeTrade #EndPoaching #ProtectOurWildlife
A proud male lion roams through the bush looking to reconnect with his pride. Today is World Lion Day, a time to celebrate the importance of the lion world wide and bring visibility to the decline of populations of big cats in the wild. National Geographic is asking you to help raise awareness of the the plight of big cats by posting a photo of yourself giving a "virtual high five" and tagging it #5forBigCats. You can also help save lions and other big cats by visiting the link in the @natgeotravel bio and donating $5 to the cause. Photo by @awc007 #worldlionday
Photo: @SteveWinterPhoto. Today August 10th is #WorldLionDay. The High Five, Give 5 campaign wants you to participate in their #worldwide High Five chain to raise awareness for endangered big cats. Take a photo of you highfiving your pet, a friend, a stranger, whoever! Then tag it with #5forBigCats. You can take it a step further and donate $5 to @NatGeo's Big Cats Initiative( link in my bio). #5forbigcats #bigcatsforever @bertiegregory @canonuk @zacuto @cameracorps @syrp_ @sachtler @leefilters @KEEN @pteclights @thephotosociety #NGcreative #onassignment #bebright #uneek #iamuneek #wildlifeconservation #inthefield #wildlfephotojournalism #BCI #bigcatsinitiative #kulusafaris #harithasl @mayakoba @beauty @cute @photofotheday #lions #Bitcats #SouthSouthAfrica #PhindaGameReserve #cubs #kitty @SouthAfricanTourismAU @cathaypacificAU #lifewelltravelled
Happy #WorldLionDay! Photo by Michael "Nick" Nichols
Happy world lion day! The winds of change are in the air. Lions need better protection both in captivity and the wild. My hat goes off to those trying to make a difference. #worldlionday
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Hey #Perth! You can help me save Big Cats tonight @STC_of_WA with just a high five! #5forBigCats #WorldLionDay http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/big-cats-initiative/high-5-give-5/ Here is one brother giving "5" to his other bro! Give 5 for Big Cats on World Lion Day!!! @stevewinterphoto @natgeo #5forbigcats #bigcatsforever @bertiegregory @canonuk @zacuto @cameracorps @syrp_ @sachtler @leefilters @KEEN @pteclights @thephotosociety #NGcreative #onassignment #bebright #uneek #iamuneek#wildlifeconservation #inthefield #wildlfephotojournalism # BCI #bigcatsinitiative #kulusafaris #harithasl @mayakoba @beauty @cute @photofotheday @SouthAfricanTourismAU @cathaypacificAU #lifewell travelled http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/big-cats-initiative/high-5-give-5/
#WorldLionDay My inner Lion (yes I'm a #Leo) is celebrating this masterful creature today! 🙌🏽✨✨✨
. Monday is World Lion Day. To celebrate. Lions aren’t the only species threatened by wildlife crimes, but they may well be the most charismatic . The recent killing of Cecil the Lion, just one of one of many illegally hunted big cats, has put new emphasis on the destructive force of wildlife crime. It has also inspired an increase in donations to wildlife conservation. By Becky Little, National Geographic. for @natgeo #lion #5forbigcats #WorldLionDay
"Do not try to fight a lion if you are not one yourself." Wise words from an #African proverb on #WorldLionDay. #MIAFW #Fashion #Style #Trend #Quote #QuoteOfTheDay #Proverb #Wise #CaraDelevingne #Lion #Nature #BigCatsForever #WildLife #Conservation #LionKing
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See the map below for a glimpse into more information about other threatened and endangered mammal species:


While World Lion Day is the first global campaign to celebrate lions' importance worldwide, this year's campaign is filled with a heavier message: World Lion Day is focused on more than conservation this year. It's focused on honoring the animals and remembering that protecting and loving lions is more important than ever.

See more photos of the magestic king of the jungle:

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Lions are seen at the national zoo in San Salvador on July 2, 2015. AFP PHOTO / Marvin RECINOS (Photo credit should read Marvin RECINOS/AFP/Getty Images)
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