Who we are

The Coalition to Stop the Captive Breeding and Keeping of Lions and Other Big Cats for Commercial Purposes (aka Lion Coalition) is an alliance of diverse organisations and individuals, who share certain values, knowledge and objectives, and collectively comprise a respected body of expertise from scientific, conservation, welfare, legal, faith and public advocacy sectors.

Our Purpose

The purpose of the Lion Coalition is to enable its members to work together in order to stop captive breeding and keeping of lions and other big cats for exploitative purposes.

Our main object is to facilitate the creation of a strong social movement that advocates locally and globally to create awareness about, and to ultimately end, captive predator breeding and keeping of lions and other big cats for commercial gain.

Steering Committee

Dr Louise de Waal
Blood Lions

Audrey Delsink
HSI Africa

Linda Park

Our work

  • Open letter to World Health Organisation
    6th April 2020 Dear Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and Dr Zhang Qi, COVID-19: Health risks and wildlife[1] markets – the need for a permanent global ban on wildlife markets and a highly precautionary approach to wildlife trade. The undersigned organisations acknowledge and commend the World Health Organisation’s current efforts to contain the pandemic spread ofContinue reading “Home”
  • World Health Day Twitter Chat
    World Health Day – on the 7th April – is a day for global movement to highlight how we got here and how we can end future threats to our health from COVID-19 type viruses and end the exploitation of our wildlife.  How can you help? Join us on the first Lion Coalition TWITTER Chat on Tuesday 7th April 15.00-16.00 hrs CAT/SA timeContinue reading “Home”
  • Open Letter to President Ramaphosa in support of the SATSA captive wildlife interaction guidelines
    Dear President Ramaphosa and Honourable Ministers, On behalf of the “Coalition to Stop the Captive Breeding and Keeping of Lions and Other Big Cats for Commercial Purposes”, we would like to state our formal support echoing that of The National Department of Tourism (NDT) for the Southern African Tourism Services Association (SATSA) guidelines and tool on captive wildlife interactions, as wellContinue reading “Home”

Captive Predator Breeding

The captive predator breeding and keeping industry in South Africa has spiraled out of control. Since 2005, the captive lion population has quadrupled, from less than 2,500 lions held in 45-50 facilities to at least 8,000-10,000 lions in 366 facilities. However, the Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries doesn’t know the true extend of this industry and the captive population could be anything up to 20,000 lions. In addition, many cheetahs, leopards, caracals, servals, jaguars, tigers and even ligers (crossbreed between a lion and tiger) are bred and kept in captivity.