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Join Us in Closing the Canned Hunting Industry

Over recent years, the Captured In Africa team have been deeply involved in the fight to end and raise aware of South Africa’s lion cub petting & canned hunting industry, combined with efforts to ensure the survival of lions in the wild. Being a safari operator, we have a duty to help because lions mean so much to our team personally and the active campaigning that we do, but also professionally in the destinations we offer and services we provide safari-goers, our customers.

Lions are being exploited in captivity and Lions are declining in the wild.

We have a duty and an opportunity to help them.

Recently launching our dedicated non-profit foundation, Captured In Africa are now honoured to be listed amongst our fellow travel trade partners in a new initiative launched by the Blood Lions film campaign – ‘Born to Live Wild’

As part of the Born to Live Wild initiative, tour operators are encouraged to sign-up to a strict policy of responsibly tourism and best practices. It’s the hope of the initiative and indeed our team at Captured In Africa, that we stamp out the cruel and deceitful canned hunting industry and its links to lion breeding, cub petting & walking with lions activities, which ultimately do not benefit saving lions in the wild.

A good rule of thumb is…

If you pet a lion cub in South Africa, you are directly aiding the canned hunting industry.

Be safe, don’t pet cubs!


Typical lion breeding and petting facility in South Africa. Copyright © Drew Abrahamson

Captured In Africa are pleased therefore, to take the below pledge and encourage both the industry and our customers to watch Blood Lions


The recently released feature documentary Blood Lions (www.bloodlions.org) has brought the horrors of predator breeding, canned hunting and a variety of other exploitative activities to the world’s attention. The film is a compelling call to action to have these practices stopped.

We, Captured In Africa support Blood Lions and its aims. The initiative’s group includes many leading non-consumptive safari and ecotourism companies across southern and east Africa. Whilst predator breeding and canned hunting practices are currently confined to southern Africa, we stand together as a pan-African industry in joining our voices with the global call for having them stopped.

And we do so for good reason:

• The established predator research and scientific community do not recognize any of the breeders or operating facilities as having conservation merit.
• In marketing themselves, breeding facilities confuse the conservation messages and priorities, specifically with lions, which in turn results in a misdirection of vital funding that negatively impacts wild lion populations.
• There is sufficient evidence to show that their activities put additional pressure on wild lion populations: intensive breeders have illegally acquired new genetic stock from the wild, and the burgeoning lion bone trade remains a risk because of an illegal demand for bones from wild lions.
• We are deeply concerned about the welfare conditions of the animals kept in these facilities.
• Canned hunting does not reduce the hunting pressure on wild lions and is unethical.

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Cubs are removed from their mothers and often confined to small spaces and deplorable conditions. Copyright © Drew Abrahamson

We strongly request that the respective authorities take note of the mounting global opposition to these practices and begin a process of shutting them down.

Furthermore, we commit ourselves to the following:

1. To not knowingly book or otherwise support any breeder or operator that contributes to the cycle of breeding, exploitation and senseless killing of predators. This includes all petting and ‘walking with lion’ facilities.
2. To continue our support and promotion of the formal conservation community in their endeavours to secure the survival of Africa’s predators in the wild. Without wild lions and the rest of the predator guild extant in functioning ecosystems, there will be no African tourism industry; a calamitous situation for many economies.
3. To continue in our own endeavours towards wildlife conservation and economic development wherever we operate across Africa.
4. To continue supporting an ethical and responsible interaction with Africa’s wilderness and wild animals.
5. To continue promoting Africa as an authentic, wild and rewarding tourism destination.

By committing to this pledge, Captured In Africa and Blood Lions also make a clear statement that:

a) Lions and other predators are wild species and we wish to continue promoting Africa as an authentic, wild and rewarding tourism destination and,

b) We wish to continue our support and promotion of the formal conservation community in their endeavours to secure the survival of Africa’s predators in the wild.

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Wild & Free lions photographed in Botswana. Their condition a whole other world away from their captive bred cousins in South Africa. Copyright © Drew Abrahamson

Captured In Africa invite all tourism operators to join us in committing to these pledges.

To do so, please contact Blood Lions on info@bloodlions.org

THANK YOU for joining us in responsible tourism and campaigning to end the lion breeding, cub petting and canned hunting industries. By travelling and booking your safari with Captured In Africa, you know you are in safe hands that aid true conservation efforts to #savebigcats

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