Despite months of international outcry, South Africa plans to formally allow the annual export of up to 800 captive-bred lion skeletons primarily to Asia, where the cat's bones are used for luxury products like lion bone wine. Panthera has denounced this quota as arbitrary, irresponsible, and harmful for wild lions--and tigers--already facing huge threats.
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Panthera is the only organization in the world devoted exclusively to the conservation of the world’s wild cats. Our team of leading biologists and law enforcement experts develop innovative strategies to address the dire threats facing cheetahs, jaguars, leopards, lions, pumas, snow leopards, and tigers.
We are on the front lines, fighting to stop poaching, prevent conflict with people, conserve wild cat habitats, and reduce unsustainable legal hunting. These proven strategies don't just protect wild cats—they also protect their vast landscapes and the endless variety of life within them. These wild places are crucial to our planet’s health—and our own.