Beautiful creatures - with around an estimated 20,000 left in the wild, they are right along side the polar bear for need of protection. The West African lion is considered critically endangered with only an estimated 406 left in the wild.
"Worthy persons deserve to be called so because they are not carried away by the eight winds: prosperity, decline, disgrace, honor, praise, censure, suffering, and pleasure. They are neither elated by prosperity nor grieved by decline." ~Nichiren