LIONS (PANTHERA LEO) IN Congo

Principle Threats

Trade in Lions

Number of wild source lions estimated in international trade, 1999-2008:  0
Average annual wild source trade as percent of population size*:  0
* Used average of Chardonnet (2002) and Bauer & van der Merwe (2004) studies

“The lion is likely to be extinct in Congo (Henschel et al., 2010). Between 1999 and 2008, Congo exported two teeth to Norway from an illegal source for personal purposes.”

Place J, Flocken J, Travers W, Waterland S, Telecky T, Kennedy C, Goyenechea A (2011) Petition to list the African Lion (Panthera leo leo) as endangered pursuant to the US Endangered Species Act.  The International Fund for Animal Welfare, The Born Free Foundation, The Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society International, Defenders of Wildlife (pdf)

Lions in Culture

The coat of arms for the Republic of Congo displays a red rampant lion carrying a flame.  Two African elephants stand either side of the shield.  The national motto Unite (Unity), Travail (Work), Progres (Progress) are inscribed.  (html)

Governing Body

Lions in the News

Miscellaneous

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