The South African government recently banned leopard hunting throughout the country, a big step in its plan to clamp down on all trophy hunting.

The national trophy hunting quota allocation for leopards has been 150 animals per year since 2004 in South Africa. However, historically, the recording of leopard hunting has been poor, with inconsistent recording of ages and sexes of hunted animals.

Kelly Marnewick, the Environmental Wildlife Trust’s carnivore conservation manager, has supported the ban. He explains that it’s important to ensure that any wildlife trade is sustainable and that it is supported by the most rigorous scientific assessment for the species. The current ban will allow this, she says, and as such “the future of our leopards looks brighter.”

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