EWTea and Talk: Killing Me Softly: Captive Lions in SA

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EWTea and Talk: Killing Me Softly: Captive Lions in SA

Post by Lisbeth » Wed Jun 06, 2018 5:00 pm

Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens
22 June 2018


Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens


There are more than 6,000 African Lions in captivity in South Africa, six times more lions than we have in the wild. These lions are kept for a variety of reasons: tourism for petting, walking-with initiatives and viewing; the shooting of captive lions in a practice commonly called ‘canned hunting’; and for supply of bones to the east for medicinal purposes. Please join Dr Kelly Marnewick as she walks you through the captive lion industry: how it works, the supply chain for lion parts, and the possible links to organised crime. She will discuss why the Endangered Wildlife Trust is concerned about the captive lion situation and what the possible impacts on wild lions could be. Kelly will also elaborate on lion conservation in South Africa, how wild lions are faring, and what is really needed to conserve these majestic big cats in South Africa.

Dr Kelly Marnewick is the Senior Trade Officer in the EWT’s Wildlife in Trade Programme. She did her PhD at the University of Pretoria on Cheetahs and African Wild Dogs. She has a keen interest in large carnivores and in the impacts of captive trade on them. She has a wide range of experience in carnivore conservation, from human-carnivore conflict to reintroductions and surveys. She is a member of the IUCN Canid Specialist Group, Cat Specialist Group and the African Lion Working Group.

Friday, 22 June 2018
Presented by Dr Kelly Marnewick,
Wildlife in Trade Programme Senior Trade Officer

R150, including refreshments
09:30 for 10:00
Dress Code – Smart Casual

RSVP: 19 June 2018
Nestle Environmental Education Centre
Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens
Malcolm Road, Poortview, Roodepoort

NB Please mention that you are attending the EWT talk upon arrival at the gate, and the usual entrance fee will be waived

RSVP to rebeccam@ewt.org.za or 011 372 3600 extension: 113
For EFT payments: please email proof of payment to
rebeccam@ewt.org.za or fax 011 608 4682
Payments may be made to the following account:
Endangered Wildlife Trust
First National Bank, Rosebank
Acc. No. 50371564219
Branch Code. 25 33 05
REF: Name + EWT Talk

Our next Country Club Johannesburg talk is on 12 June 2018.
Topic: Turning back the clock for Cheetahs in southern Africa
Speaker: Vincent van der Merwe, EWT Cheetah Metapopulation Coordinator
Time: 18:30 for 19:00
For more information or to book, please contact rebeccam@ewt.org.za
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