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MYTH: Captive-bred lions are genetically pure

The genetics of captive-bred lions are often compromised.

The prevailing view amongst carnivore specialists and conservationists is that captive-bred lions do not contribute to the conservation of the species, especially since inbreeding is prevalent in captivity which has a negative effect on genetic integrity and provenance.

Lion ecologists agree that releasing compromised genes into a healthy wild population is extremely risky.

This is another reason why captive-bred lions cannot be released into the wild.

South Africa – it is time to #CancelCaptivity