>300 across South Africa
Held in captivity
10,000 - 12,000 lions are held in captivity across the country (3 times greater than the amount of lions in the wild in South Africa)
Lionesses are forced into producing 2 - 3 litters per year.
Interactions with big cats
At 3 - 4 weeks, cubs are used for petting opportunities and often voluntourism projects. Juveniles are used in ‘walk with’ opportunities.
Adult lions are then killed in trophy or canned hunts and their bones used to supply the Asian markets.
Sold to other breeders or zoos
Lion cubs are sold for between ZAR 10,000 - 15,000
Tiger cubs are sold for between ZAR 15,000 - 25,000
FOUR PAWS position statement May 2021More
SA Government announces the end of the intensive breeding of lions in captivity.read more
We're fighting to end the captive breeding and keeping of lions and other big cats for commercial purposes.read more
A review of the exploitation of South Africa's captive big cats & its people. download report
Incidents of injury sustained through interactions with big cats 2010 - 2020More