Published on Apr 15, 2014
Every year, hundreds of captive bred lions are used for tourism operations, canned hunting or are exported as body parts. This practise has gained considerable attention in global media lately. In South Africa, more lions live in captivity than in the wild and due to their habituation to people, can never be released. Many of the captive bred lions are also genetically compromised. On 15 March 2014, people all over the world marched to raise awareness of canned hunting and the threats lions are facing. Our crew visited the Johannesburg arm of the march to capture some of the sentiment. Then we chat to Dr. Paul Funston, a large carnivore biologist and lion expert, about lion conservation in general.