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Future Cecils saved as lions relisted

December 20, 2015

On Monday, USFWS will list the lion as “endangered” in West and Central Africa and “threatened” in East and Southern Africa.

This decision will prohibit the importation of lion trophies into the US from West/Central Africa.

However, all importations will cease in late January and this ban will remain in place until USFWS conducts a country-by-country review to determine if sport hunting has a positive impact on lion populations in each respective range state.

A similar review led to a ban on the importation of elephant trophies from Tanzania and Zimbabwe beginning in 2013.

Photo of lion in Kruger National Park South Africa by Mic Smith

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