A new rule has also been proposed by the state department to save the African lion. If the rule gets approved, selling products related to hunting of lions in United States without prior permit will be a criminal activity. The rule is not applied to zoos.
In the United States, sports hunting is very popular and the hunters import the lions killed in Africa as trophies, according to a report. The report also states that sports personnel from the US hunt maximum lions, elephants and rhinoceros in Africa.
The reason behind the decline in population of African lion is the loss of habitat, human conflict and poaching. In 1980, the population of African lion in Africa was recorded to be more than 76,000 and now it has reduced to 30,000.
Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Dan Ashe, said that the population of lion is decreasing. If no urgent action is taken, they will become endangered in the foreseeable future.
"It is up to all of us, not just the people of Africa, to ensure that healthy, wild populations continue to roam the savannah for generations to come", he added.
According to Ashe, African lions are normally violent than Asiatic lions and measure 4.5 to 6.5 feet in length and the length of the tail is measured to be 20 to 40 inches long.
By listing a species as endangered, the service said that it could provide benefits mainly by prohibiting activities including import, export, interstate commerce, commercial activity, and foreign commerce.