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A bag of Lion bones in South Africa © Vivienne L. Williams

Bones of Contention South African trade in African Lion bones and other body parts

A bag of Lion bones in South Africa © Vivienne L. Williams

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Published 16th July 2015

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New study throws light on South Africa’s Lion bone trade

South Africa, 16th July 2015—A new study finds there is little evidence that the Lion bone trade in South Africa is currently adversely impacting wild Lion populations there, but warns the situation needs to be closely monitored and that too little is known about the situation elsewhere in Africa. 

Bones of Contention: South African trade in African Lion bones and other body parts

Report author(s):
Vivienne Williams, David Newton, Andrew Loveridge, David Macdonald

Publication date:
July 2015

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