LIONS (PANTHERA LEO) IN The Democratic Republic of the Congo

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.

Political and civil unrest in DRC threatens lion populations across the country.   Heavy poaching is also having a dramatic impact on lion numbers.  (Chardonnet 2002).  

Human-lion conflict with livestock farmers have resulted in lions being poisoned and shot (html).  Lion poisonings using Carbofuran are suspected in DRC (Place et al. 2011)

Chardonnet P (ed.) (2002) Conservation of the African Lion: Contribution to a Status Survey. International Foundation for the Conservation of Wildlife, France & Conservation Force, USA.

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

Between 2003-2006, the coat of arms for DRC featured a lion’s head positioned above three interlocked hands, with a ring of corn surrounding them.  The motto at the bottom translates as Democracy, Justice and Unity.  The coat of arms which replaced this in 2006 features a leopard’s head. (html)

 Stamp from Zaire featuring lions

Governing Body

Ministry of Environment, Nature and Tourism
795 Avenue KIVI
C/Lemba
Kinshasa
Democratic Republic of Congo
http://presidentrdc.cd/

Lions in the News

Miscellaneous

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