LIONS (PANTHERA LEO) IN Guinea

Principle Threats

Pressures on land use from increasing human populations leading to continued fragmentation of the remaining suitable habitat coupled with indiscriminate killing in defense of life and livestock and prey base depletion are recognized as being the principle causes for their decline.

Chardonnet et al (2010) note that “Cultural and social factors must be considered, for example in the lion ranges of the Gulf of Guinea where people regard it as their right to harvest bushmeat as a staple food, and do not see the practice as poaching.”

The use of lion skin in traditional ceremonies is a primary threat to lions in Guinea.

Brugiere et al. (2005) notes that lion hunting is rare in Guinea.  They report that lions are considered rare by hunters, making lion trophies highly valuable.  The selling of lion skins is done openly.Brugiere D, Badjinca I, Silva C, Serra A, Barry M (2005) Distribution and Status of Lions and Leopards in Southern Guinea Bissau and Western Guinea, West Africa. CATNews 43, 13-17 (pdf)

Chardonnet P, Soto B, Fritz H, Crosmary W, Drouet-Hoguet N, Mesochina P, Pellerin M, Mallon D, Bakker, L, Boulet H, Lamarque F (2010) Managing the conflicts between people and lion: Review and insights from the literature and field experience.  Wildlife Management Working Paper 13 (pdf)

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)

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

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

Governing Body

Ministry of Environment
BP 761
Conarky
Guinea
Email:  kadienye@yahoo.fr
http://www.guinee.gov.gn/

 

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