We are a small UK charity (No. 1137606), dedicated to the conservation of the Lion. In the 1960’s, there were over 200,000 lions in Africa but sadly we are now down to around 15,000 animals.
We seek to address the implementation of much stronger conservation measures by directly involving decision makers in lion range states and those that facilitate the import of lion products such as skins and hunting trophies. We are working with Members of European Parliament, the UK Parliament, the USA Fish and Wildlife Service, and the governments of 8 lion range States to ensure national and international protection.
LionAid and the illegal wildlife trade.
With the value of lion bones as a substitute for tiger bones in the Traditional Chinese Medicine trade approaching $500/kg, we are increasingly concerned that commercial poaching of lions will become a further factor reducing already fragile populations. The lion bone trade is now well established in South Africa. The illegal trade in wildlife knows no species boundaries – it is only guided by the profits to be made from commercially valuable wildlife products.
In addition to lion bones, lion cubs are traded illegally from wild populations to supply the captive breeding industry in South Africa (an estimated 4000-5000 lions provide the hunting industry with trophy animals) and the pet trade in the United Arab Emirates. Lion skins from wild origins are also traded on the open market.
LionAid is therefore involved in monitoring the illegal trade in lions but also species like rhinos and elephants as we strongly believe the same organized crime networks are involved.
LionAid aims to:
- To bring about a ban on the importation of lion trophies into the EU. Once we secure this European ban, a worldwide ban will become an more achievable objective.
- To discuss urgent ways to have central & western African lions recognized as endangered (barely 1000 of these genetically distinct lions left) and immediately removed from trophy hunting pressure.
- To investigate the illegal wildlife trade.We are increasingly concerned that commercial poaching of lions will become a further factor reducing already fragile populations.
- To investigate the illegal trade in lion cubs, supplying the captive breeding industry in South Africa for the canned hunting trade, zoos worldwide and the pet trade in the United Arab Emirates.
Established: August 2010
Registered Charity Number: 1137606
Board members: 2
Phone number: +44 1304 449491
Address: Seyah House, 16 Salisbury Road, Dover, Kent, CT16 1EUView charity accounts on the Charity Commission website