Lloyd, P. (2004, October 10). African lion populations threatened by trophy hunting. Correspondents Report. [Online]. Available: http://www.abc.net.au/correspondents/content/2004/s1216484.htm [2008, March 11].
lions; population; hunting; trophy; Kenya; CITES; Born Free Foundation; protection
HAMISH ROBERTSON: African lions may be formidable predators, but it's feared that the king of beasts is being pushed to extinction by a combination of habitat destruction and trophy hunting.
Kenya is about to launch a campaign to give lions maximum protection under a United Nations body known as the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species, or CITES.
But African states that favour lion hunting attempted to fight the proposal during the CITES conference in Bangkok last week.
Our South East Asia Correspondent, Peter Lloyd, asked Will Travers, head of the UK-based Born Free Foundation, how much was known about the state of Africa's lion population?
WILL TRAVERS: Well, it's actually quite hard to come up with what I'd call really robust data, but there are two reports that have been published in the last eight years, which I think give a strong indication of the situation.
The first, published in 1996, suggested that there were between 30,000 and 100,000...