The African lion is facing extinction across West Africa with numbers dropping to as low at 250. The wild cat conservation group, appropriately named Panthera, revealed how endangered the species really is. Once having flourished throughout the entire West African region, this particular lion species now only resides in five countries with one population having as few as 50 lions. Dwindling numbers are due to competition for land with humans and livestock. The West African lions have unique genetic sequences not found in any other lions and there are fewer than 35,0000 total lions in Africa to date.