A new study led by Panthera scientist Kriss Everatt highlights the increasing trend in targeted poaching of lions for their body parts in the Mozambican portion of the Greater Limpopo Transfrontier Conservation Area. While more lions were killed because of human conflict over livestock, the demand for body parts seems to be escalating these conflict killings.
The increasing demand for lion body parts is thought to stem from a desire for ‘luxury’ products and Chinese Traditional Medicine in Asia. This growing threat could have devastating impacts on lion populations that mirror similar impacts on wild tiger populations.
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