Is rewilding an option?

Is rewilding of lions an option?

The panel of experts seriously considered the possibility of rewilding captive-bred lions, as this is more socially acceptable than, for example, euthanasia or trade out, but they found a number of risks that would be difficult to mitigate. Hence, rewilding of captive-bred lions was not considered a viable option. Some of the reasons include:

“The priority for lion conservation should be on managing the wild and wild-managed lions, and the limited conservation resources and space should not be diverted to the rewilding of captive and captive-bred lions”, the panel states.