Are you captivated by the majestic African Lion?? Does the thought of their possible extinction horrify you??? Join forces with us to help save this magnificent animal! Our sister organisation ALERT (African Lion Environmental Research Trust) continue their relentless work to help save the plight of the African Lion but they need your help! We are currently trying to help leverage the status of the African Lion, so it will be recognised and given world heritage status. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has a program to conserve sites of exceptional cultural or natural importance to the common heritage of humanity. This species would greatly benefit from the UNESCO umbrella of protection. Fifty years ago there were perhaps 200,000 lions on the continent, but there are less than 25,000 remaining. Lions are decreasing at a rapid rate due to habitat loss, conflict with humans and livestock, and trophy hunting. LionAid would like to introduce the concept of World Heritage Species status for lions. The species is readily identified with and interlinked with world culture through symbolism, iconography, imagery, allegory, literature, totems, fables, art, etc. Lions are richly endowed with representation in world culture as a symbol of nobility, bravery, courage, steadfastness, and loyalty. Criterion six of the World Heritage Site qualification list already expresses the cultural status of lions well – “to be directly or tangibly associated with ...ideas, or with beliefs, with artistic and literary works of outstanding universal significance”. So this is where we need your help!! Our aim is to collect 5000 images of the Africa Lion as it has been portrayed throughout history up to present day. Our aim is to collect 5000 images of the Africa Lion as it has been portrayed throughout history up to present day. Images can include lions as or featured in statues, sculptures, frescoes, works of art, coats of arms, flags, logos, shop names, products – really anywhere that includes a representation of the lion. Images should be emailed to email@example.com and named using the following standard, before sending: your name, your email address, what is the photo of, where was the photo taken. By sending your image you agree that you own the copyright, that ALERT is able to add the image to our web site, ALERT is able to share the image with our partner LionAid for their web site, and to be used, however we see fit, in any and all efforts to get the lion recognized as a world heritage species. If you've taken some good snaps please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please visit http://www.lionalert.org/ and the Alert Facebook page for the latest news.