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Big Five African Trophies – Africa Hunting

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A new analysis from the Humane Society  regarding Africa Hunting finds American hunters import more than 126,000 animal trophies a year. Below we outline big five African trophies. African Hunting is one of the biggest animal massacre takes place on earth. We would like to mention that all images and inforgraphs are from National Geographic Team

 

African Lion Trophy Hunting

Lion hunting is particularly controversial.Lion trophy hunting For Americans, canned hunting inSouth Africa—where lions are bred on ranches to be shot by hunters within a fenced area—is especially popular. More than 1,500 captive lions were imported to the U.S. as trophies from 2005 through 2014, out of a total of 5,587 lion trophies. But the tide is turning against canned hunting—South Africa’s hunting association recently voted to distance itself from the practice.

Lions recently gained new protections from American trophy hunters. As of January 22, all lions are listed as “endangered” under the U.S. Endangered Species Act, meaning anyone wanting to import a lion trophy must get a permit. Getting a permit requires proving that the hunt enhances the survival of wild lions, and that’s a bar few hunts are likely to meet, the Humane Society says.

African Elephant Trophy Hunting

Elephant trophy hunting

Elephant trophies too have recently been restricted. In 2014, the U.S. suspended elephant trophy imports from Tanzania and Zimbabwe over concerns about sustainability. The poaching crisis played a big role in that decision. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which regulates trophy imports, also found that there was no clear evidence that trophy hunting money was actually benefiting elephants by supporting conservation efforts. It cited widespread corruption and mismanagement of hunting programs.

 

African Leopard Trophy Hunting

African Leopard trophy hunting

Leopard trophy imports are also restricted. Regarding Africa hunting trophies, The U.S. lists southern Africa’s leopards as threatened, and all others as endangered. Just recently, South Africa effectively banned trophy hunting of leopards because no one’s sure how many the country has. The government singled out trophy hunting mismanagement and the illegal trade in leopard skins as the biggest threats.

 

Southern White Rhino Trophy Hunting

Southern White Rhino trophy hunting

Black rhinos are critically endangered and almost never hunted, with a small number of very high-profile exceptions. Southern white rhinos are somewhat more common, though they’re still considered near-threatened by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, an international body that sets the conservation status of species. But southern white rhinos face a major threat from poachers supplying the rhino horn trade, with at least 1,305 killed illegally in 2015. Home to about 80 percent of the world’s rhinos, South Africa is one of the main sources of U.S.-imported rhino trophies.

 

Southern White Rhino Trophy Hunting

Southern White Rhino trophy hunting

African buffalo are the most common, and commonly imported, of the Big Five. There are nearly 900,000, with about three-quarters in protected areas, according to the IUCN. African buffalo have gone extinct in Gambia and Eritrea, but they’ve been reintroduced successfully in Swaziland and South Africa, from where Americans imported more than 4,200 trophies in the decade since 2005.

This story was produced by National Geographic’s Special Investigations Unit, which focuses on wildlife crime and is made possible by grants from the BAND Foundation and the Woodtiger Fund




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