Non-Detriment Findings on African Lion Released

Department of Environmental Affairs

The non-detriment finding assessment for the African Lion has been published.

The department of environmental affairs has published findings drawn up by the Scientific Authority relating to the Panthera leo, commonly known as the African lion.

The South African population of the African lion is included in Appendix II to the Convention of International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). In terms of the Convention, an export permit shall only be granted for an Appendix II species when a Scientific Authority of State of export has advised that such export will not be detrimental to the survival of that species.

The assessment, published in Notice 19 in Government Gazette 41393, has found that there are currently no major threats to the wild and managed lion populations within South Africa.

In conclusion, the non-detriment assessment undertaken for the African lion demonstrates that legal local and international trade poses a low to moderate, but non-detrimental risk to the species in South Africa.

The Scientific Authority does not regard the export of captive-bred lion trophies or captive-bred live lion for zoological or breeding purposes to be detrimental to the wild lion population in South Africa.

Sabinet Cape Town Office