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