LIONS (PANTHERA LEO) IN Rwanda

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.

Lions have also possibly been subject to carbofuran poisoning (Place et al. 2011)

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

Lion skin forms an important part of traditional Tutsi dress.  Tutsi women often wear belts made of lion skin as a mark of wealth, importance and ethnicity (html)

The dynastic order of the Rwandan monarchy is known as The Royal Order of the Lion (html)

A stamp from Rwanda / Burundi

Governing Body

Ministry of Natural Resources
PO Box 3502
Kigali
Rwanda
Email: info@minirena.gov.rw
http://www.minirena.gov.rw/

Mission

Our vision and mission include preparing and ensuring the follow up and evaluation of policies, strategies as well as environment protection; prepare draft bills and establish norms and practices for rational exploitation and efficient land management, Environment, Water Resources and evaluate their implementation; promoting research and exploit Rwandan underground natural resources and set up appropriate mechanisms for their extraction and valuation; and planning and following up pure water distribution programmes and basic health activities.
 

Lions in the News

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