LIONS (PANTHERA LEO) IN Lesotho

Principle Threats

Trade in Lions

Lions in Culture

The Lion is a symbol for the Bataung Clan, one of the founders of the Basotho tribe based within Lesotho.  The word ‘tau’ is Sesotho for lion. The lion represents the attributes of the Bataung which are being good warriors and military strategists. (html)

One of the wives of Lesotho King Moshoeshoe is reported to have been killed by a lion (html)

The existence of lions in Lesotho is represented in the rock paintings of the San Bushman.  The bushmen believed that shamans (healers) could use the power of animals to cause rain, cure the sick, and wreak revenge upon enemies.  It is thought that tribes in Basotho (Lesotho) believed lions to be transformed shamans. (html). 

The lion was also associated with cannibalism, and as such part of the sacred world (html)

Governing Body

Department of Environment
Floor 6 & 7, Post Office Building
Kingsway Road
Maseru
PO Box 52
Lesotho
Email: stanleydamane@hotmail.com
http://www.environment.gov.ls/home/

Mission

“To co-ordinate, advise, and regulate environmental management at all levels in the nation and advance the application of environmentally sound technologies and concepts;
To set standards, guidelines and monitor compliance to Environmental Management Plans;
To disseminate information regularly on environmental issues and ensure Lesotho's adherence to environmental treaties and international conventions to which it is a party;
To empower and create awareness among local communities and other stakeholders on conservation of the country's environment to achieve sustainable development.”

Lions in the News

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