The killing of Cecil in early July has ignited a global conversation about trophy hunting, American trophy hunters and the fragility of wildlife. We at The Dodo decided to spend some time gathering data not just on Africa's lions, but on the number of wolves killed in Wisconsin, the number of hippopotamus trophies imported into the U.S., the amount of money a trophy hunter will pay for a mountain lion hunt in Wyoming ... and more. Read on for alarming numbers about the world of trophy hunting.
Number of African lion trophies imported into the U.S. in 2013 and 2014 combined, according to United States Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS): 1,374 Number of African elephant trophies imported into the U.S. in 2013 and 2014, according to USFWS: 634 Number of hippopotamus trophies imported into the U.S. in 2012 and 2013: 442 Number of leopards imported as trophies into the U.S. in 2012 and 2013: 758 Number of Cape baboons imported as trophies into the U.S. in 2012 and 2013: 1073 Approximate total number of lions in South Africa: 9,100 Percentage of lions living in captivity in South Africa: 68 percent
Number of captive lions killed each day in canned hunts in South Africa: 2-3
Percentage of those lions shot by American hunters: 50 percent
Cost to shoot a wild male lion in South Africa: $75,000
Cost to shoot a captive male lion in South Africa: $20,000