Many are surprised to hear that lions, one of Africa’s most iconic species, have seen their numbers dwindle from more than 200,000 a century ago to only about 20,000 today. Their biggest threats include human-wildlife conflict when populations expand, take up more land, and bring in the temptation of livestock. Illegal poaching is also a major concern especially with the increase in trading for body parts such as bones, teeth and skins. Even legal poaching often poses a problem due to poor management. Leopards face similar threats, occupying about 45% of their original African territory. Cheetahs have seen a 50% decrease in population over the past four decades, reducing the global wild population to around 7,100.