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African lion cub used as tourist photo opportunity seized

Tulum, Q.R. – A complaint to the Federal Attorney for Environmental Protection (Profepa) in Quintana Roo resulted in the confiscation of an African lion cub in Tulum.

The initial complaint was filed by the National Commission of Natural Protected Areas (CONANP) which was passed on to Profepa.

After their own investigation, Profepa found two previous reports of complaints about the African lion cub outside the Craft Center in Tulum.

The report showed previous complaints of the cub being put on display and used as a photo opportunity for tourists.

Wildlife inspectors set out to secure the lion cub, which is about two months old and in illegal possession of an individual who was using the cub to make money. Considered exotic wildlife, the cub was seized for being illegally possessed – not registered with the General directorate of Wildlife.

Profepa staff who made the seizure said that the lion cub was not being treated well, that it was under weight and under extreme stress.

The African cub will be transferred to the Management Unit for the Conservation of Wildlife Intensive (UMA) Bel Air. African lions (Panthera leo) are listed in Appendix II of CITES — Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Endangered Wild Fauna and Flora.

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