Opinion: Imagining a World Without Lions

Ecologically, lions play a pivotal role in the ecosystem.

Without lions to prey on them, for example, the buffalo, hyenas, and other mid-range predators on the plains where I live would have soaring populations. Buffalo would become dominant and, absent the lion threat, would be content to stay in one place, making them more vulnerable to existence-threatening parasites. Predators keep prey vital.

Opinion: Imagining a World Without Lions.