South Africa currently has more lions in captivity than in the wild, with anywhere between 8,000 and 10,000 predators (possibly more) being held in small enclosures on 300+ captive predator facilities across the country.

What has happened

since 2015?

The Blood Lions film has served as an important catalyst for change in the captive lion industry. The dark reality of captive breeding, interactive tourism, “canned” or captive trophy hunting, and the bone trade has been viewed by hundreds of thousands across the world, from school students through to government officials.

The Blood Lions team remains strong in their determination to raise awareness and lobby for policy change in the commercial captive predator industry. Through all the setbacks and progress, we will continue to expose the realities of this industry to promote genuine conservation of one of Africa’s most iconic species.


Read more about the progress that has been made since the premier of the Blood Lions film in 2015