The South African government have imposed a ban on leopard hunting in 2016 as part of measures to stop the decline in number of the species.
As it stands, the size of South Africa’s Leopard population remains unknown as measures like this are seen in high regard among conservation scientists.
The department of environmental affairs made the announcement saying that “provincial conservation authorities were informed that leopard hunts should not be authorized in 2016”.
The department further stated that it is acting under recommendations from the South African scientific authority which had earlier suggested an intervention to prevent the wiping out of the leopard’s population which is unknown.
Conservation groups have since hailed the announcement saying it was very needed for protecting the species given their unknown population size.
Andrew Mur of the Wilderness Foundation said, “Until we know the population numbers and their carrying capacity, we should not hunt them”. Also adding his voice to the call is Kelly Marnewick, who is a carnivore conservation manager at the Environmental Wildlife Trust, he said, “It’s important to ensure that any wildlife true we do is sustainable.”
” If we can’t do that, it’s highly problematical. We need a trade ban until we can get to that.”