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Where do South Africa’s Live Exported Lions Go?

The top 5 countries importing live lions from South Africa are:
  • China
  • Thailand
  • Pakistan
  • Vietnam
  • Bangladesh
Collectively, they have imported half of the total 2,164 live lions traded from South Africa between 2010-2020.
China alone imported a total of 561 live lions from South Africa in this 10 year period – more than a quarter of the CITES reported exported number of live lions from SA.