#SaveSylvestor the Lion
“A South African lion named Sylvester was sentenced to die on Tuesday because park rangers were frustrated that he wouldn’t stay in Karoo National Park” (Ries, 2016). Ever since @SANSpark live tweeted (the national park twitter handle) about his whereabouts and the possibility of him being ‘put down,’ compassionate twitter followers all over South Africa, and now beyond, have been petitioning to save this lion using a simple hashtag:
Sure, Sylvestor may have eaten a cow and 26 sheep in the two times he escaped, but isn’t that what lions eat?
The hashtag is gaining momentum and @SANSpark created at least four ways to not have Sylvestor put down (Ries, 2016):
1. Bringing the lion back to the park and looking at improving on fencing and other preventative measures.
2. Translocating the lion to another national park.
3. Donating the lion to another state-owned conservation entity.
4. Donating the lion to a private conservation entity.
Twitter saves the day again. The ability to tap into, crowd source, respond quickly, build momentum, etc. it’s all possible through channels like Twitter.
Check out the #SaveSylvestor pride of tweets below:
Ries, B. (2016, March 30). Sylvester the lion faces death, but this hashtag could save him. Retrieved March 30, 2016, from http://mashable.com/2016/03/30/savesylvester-lion-south-africa/