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5 Environmental challenges associated with keeping lions in captivity

The NSPCA – National Council of SPCAs found the following environmental issues during welfare inspections on commercial captive lion breeding facilities in South Africa:

  • Lack of adequate shelter and shade to accommodate all animals in the camps, which can lead to hypo- or hyperthermia and dehydration (Health Domain);
  • Shelters in disrepair with dangerous protruding objects, rubble and wire around the camps, which can lead to injury (Health);
  • Too many animals kept in small enclosures that can lead to stress (Mental) and fighting related injuries (Health);
  • Cubs, sub-adults and adults kept in separate enclosures, which can lead to stress (Mental) and acting abnormally (Behaviour).

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