Incredible photographs show African lions in their stunning natural habitat

A Kickstarter campaign launched by wildlife photographers has raised £81,000 in 24 hours.

Margot Raggett and other wildlife photographers, including the current Wildlife Photographer of the Year, Marsel van Oosten, have created a coffee table photography book for charity to raise awareness about the threats that lions face. 

Remembering Lions is the fourth in a series of photography books created by Ms Raggett and her campaign has already raised a whopping £460,000 for conservation projects in Africa and Asia. 

The book features stunningly candid shots of lions in their natural habitat in the African plains. 

Along with Margot Raggett and Marsel van Oosten are photographers Steve Winter, Art Wolfe and Frans Lanting who have donated photographs to raise awareness and funding to protect lions.

There are around 20,000 lions left in the wild currently and their numbers have been halved in just the last quarter of a century. 

They face many threats from issues such as poaching for their skins and bones, hunting and habit loss and conflict with humans. 

Once found across Africa, Asia, Europe and even the Americas, lions are now confined to sub-Saharan Africa and a small pocket in northern India. 

Past fans of the Remembering Wildlife series include Pierce Brosnan, Michelle Pfeiffer, Joanna Lumley and Russell Crowe. 

Margot Raggett said. ‘So much of our wildlife is disappearing under our very noses, our generation has so much to answer for. 

‘These books are a way for the wildlife community to say take a stand and say enough is enough.’

To donate to the cause or pre-order a copy of Remembering Lions, which will be released on October 14, visit its Kickstarter page

A lioness comforts her cub as she tucks its head under her chin and wraps her legs around it. The picture, taken by Billy Dodson, will be included in the book Remembering Lions and will serve as a reminder of what special bonds could be lost if more conservation work isn't done to protect lions. The Remembering Wildlife campaign has already raised £460,000 

A lioness comforts her cub as she tucks its head under her chin and wraps her legs around it. The picture, taken by Billy Dodson, will be included in the book Remembering Lions and will serve as a reminder of what special bonds could be lost if more conservation work isn't done to protect lions. The Remembering Wildlife campaign has already raised £460,000 

A lioness comforts her cub as she tucks its head under her chin and wraps her legs around it. The picture, taken by Billy Dodson, will be included in the book Remembering Lions and will serve as a reminder of what special bonds could be lost if more conservation work isn’t done to protect lions. The Remembering Wildlife campaign has already raised £460,000 

A rare white lioness is pictured in the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve by Chad Cocking. Timbavati means 'the place where something sacred came down to the Earth from the heavens' and refers to the rare white lions that can be found in this South African reserve. The reserve was founded in 1956 and covers 206 square miles

A rare white lioness is pictured in the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve by Chad Cocking. Timbavati means 'the place where something sacred came down to the Earth from the heavens' and refers to the rare white lions that can be found in this South African reserve. The reserve was founded in 1956 and covers 206 square miles

A rare white lioness is pictured in the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve by Chad Cocking. Timbavati means ‘the place where something sacred came down to the Earth from the heavens’ and refers to the rare white lions that can be found in this South African reserve. The reserve was founded in 1956 and covers 206 square miles

A male lion greets his cub for the first time by rubbing his nose against it. The picture, taken by Suzi Eszterhas, highlights the tender bonds that lions can have between each other. Remembering Lions will be released on October 14 and its Kickstarter campaign has already raised £81,000 in just 24 hours

A male lion greets his cub for the first time by rubbing his nose against it. The picture, taken by Suzi Eszterhas, highlights the tender bonds that lions can have between each other. Remembering Lions will be released on October 14 and its Kickstarter campaign has already raised £81,000 in just 24 hours

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A male lion greets his cub for the first time by rubbing his nose against it. The picture, taken by Suzi Eszterhas, highlights the tender bonds that lions can have between each other. Remembering Lions will be released on October 14 and its Kickstarter campaign has already raised £81,000 in just 24 hours

The famous lion known as ‘Scar’ in Kenya’s Maasai Mara reserve taken by Marlon du Toit. This lion got his Disney-inspired nickname after he lost his right eyelid in a territorial fight. Famous among locals and regular safari goers, Scar is also admired for the black widow's peak in his mane

The famous lion known as ‘Scar’ in Kenya’s Maasai Mara reserve taken by Marlon du Toit. This lion got his Disney-inspired nickname after he lost his right eyelid in a territorial fight. Famous among locals and regular safari goers, Scar is also admired for the black widow's peak in his mane

The famous lion known as ‘Scar’ in Kenya’s Maasai Mara reserve taken by Marlon du Toit. This lion got his Disney-inspired nickname after he lost his right eyelid in a territorial fight. Famous among locals and regular safari goers, Scar is also admired for the black widow’s peak in his mane

Playful lion cubs nip at each other in the grass while surrounded by the rest of their pride who laze around in the sun. The picture, taken by James Gifford, is one of the donations from over 50 photographers to Margot Raggett's book, Remembering Lions, which is the fourth in her Remembering Wildlife series

Playful lion cubs nip at each other in the grass while surrounded by the rest of their pride who laze around in the sun. The picture, taken by James Gifford, is one of the donations from over 50 photographers to Margot Raggett's book, Remembering Lions, which is the fourth in her Remembering Wildlife series

Playful lion cubs nip at each other in the grass while surrounded by the rest of their pride who laze around in the sun. The picture, taken by James Gifford, is one of the donations from over 50 photographers to Margot Raggett’s book, Remembering Lions, which is the fourth in her Remembering Wildlife series

A lioness exhaling misty breath at sunrise in Kenya’s Maasai Mara by Andy Rouse. The Maasai Mara reserve covers 583 square miles and is home to about half of the entire country's population of lions as well as countless other animals including elephants, rhinoceros, leopards and buffalo

A lioness exhaling misty breath at sunrise in Kenya’s Maasai Mara by Andy Rouse. The Maasai Mara reserve covers 583 square miles and is home to about half of the entire country's population of lions as well as countless other animals including elephants, rhinoceros, leopards and buffalo

A lioness exhaling misty breath at sunrise in Kenya’s Maasai Mara by Andy Rouse. The Maasai Mara reserve covers 583 square miles and is home to about half of the entire country’s population of lions as well as countless other animals including elephants, rhinoceros, leopards and buffalo

Two young male lions are pictured here on top of a mount in golden light by Daryl Balfour. Mr Balfour used to run a safari camp in the 1980s but gave it up to become a full-time wildlife photographer with his wife. There are around 20,000 lions left in the wild but their numbers have been halved in just the last quarter of a century

Two young male lions are pictured here on top of a mount in golden light by Daryl Balfour. Mr Balfour used to run a safari camp in the 1980s but gave it up to become a full-time wildlife photographer with his wife. There are around 20,000 lions left in the wild but their numbers have been halved in just the last quarter of a century

Two young male lions are pictured here on top of a mount in golden light by Daryl Balfour. Mr Balfour used to run a safari camp in the 1980s but gave it up to become a full-time wildlife photographer with his wife. There are around 20,000 lions left in the wild but their numbers have been halved in just the last quarter of a century

A sleeping lion is pictured here as a lightning storm approaches in the distance. The picture was taken by Hannes Lochner who spent five years living by the Kalahari desert. Lions face many threats from issues such as poaching for their skins and bones, hunting and most critically of all, habit loss and conflict with humans

A sleeping lion is pictured here as a lightning storm approaches in the distance. The picture was taken by Hannes Lochner who spent five years living by the Kalahari desert. Lions face many threats from issues such as poaching for their skins and bones, hunting and most critically of all, habit loss and conflict with humans

A sleeping lion is pictured here as a lightning storm approaches in the distance. The picture was taken by Hannes Lochner who spent five years living by the Kalahari desert. Lions face many threats from issues such as poaching for their skins and bones, hunting and most critically of all, habit loss and conflict with humans

A lion cub tries to get its mother's attention by squeezing through her legs while she stands in the grass. This picture was taken by Margot Raggett who first created the Remembering Wildlife series in 2014 when she saw a poached elephant in Northern Kenya and was moved to take action to protect wildlife

A lion cub tries to get its mother's attention by squeezing through her legs while she stands in the grass. This picture was taken by Margot Raggett who first created the Remembering Wildlife series in 2014 when she saw a poached elephant in Northern Kenya and was moved to take action to protect wildlife

A lion cub tries to get its mother’s attention by squeezing through her legs while she stands in the grass. This picture was taken by Margot Raggett who first created the Remembering Wildlife series in 2014 when she saw a poached elephant in Northern Kenya and was moved to take action to protect wildlife

This misty picture taken by Pete Oxford shows a proud lioness facing down a herd of cape buffalo.  Lions will often work together in groups in order to take down cape buffalo by herding them into one central point where more experienced lions will then take over and try and trip them up before going in for the kill

This misty picture taken by Pete Oxford shows a proud lioness facing down a herd of cape buffalo.  Lions will often work together in groups in order to take down cape buffalo by herding them into one central point where more experienced lions will then take over and try and trip them up before going in for the kill

This misty picture taken by Pete Oxford shows a proud lioness facing down a herd of cape buffalo.  Lions will often work together in groups in order to take down cape buffalo by herding them into one central point where more experienced lions will then take over and try and trip them up before going in for the kill

Remembering Lions will be published on October 14 as the fourth book in Margot Raggett's Remembering Wildlife series. The series has gained support from various celebrities including Pierce Brosnan, Joanna Lumley, Michelle Pfeiffer and Russell Crowe

Remembering Lions will be published on October 14 as the fourth book in Margot Raggett's Remembering Wildlife series. The series has gained support from various celebrities including Pierce Brosnan, Joanna Lumley, Michelle Pfeiffer and Russell Crowe

Remembering Lions will be published on October 14 as the fourth book in Margot Raggett’s Remembering Wildlife series. The series has gained support from various celebrities including Pierce Brosnan, Joanna Lumley, Michelle Pfeiffer and Russell Crowe

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