1. Welcome to the Survey

In accordance with the annotation to the Appendix II listing for the African Lion adopted at the 17th Conference of the Parties to CITES (CoP17) in October 2016, South Africa is required to establish an export quota for lion bones. The South African Scientific Authority is mandated to advise the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) on the size of the quota on an annual basis. 

In order to provide sound scientific decision support to the DEA, a research project has been initiated by the South African Scientific Authority with the following aims to: (1) increase our understanding of the captive lion breeding industry and trade in lions (especially bones, but also other products and live lions) in South Africa; (2) investigate the trade in captive produced lion bones under a quota system; (3) gain a better understanding of the consequences of the ban on imports of captive-origin trophies; and 
(4) strengthen the evidence base for the annual review of the lion bone export quota.

We hope you will take part in this study by completing this questionnaire; this survey is important to us and we would appreciate you answering as many questions as honestly as possible. The questionnaire can be completed anonymously; however, even if you do choose to reveal your name, then neither your name nor that of the facility will appear in any of the publications or reports resulting from this survey.

You can only take the survey once. The survey will remain open until a date to be confirmed in 2018. The survey can be completed in Afrikaans (Link to survey in Afrikaans).  

If you received an invitation from SAPA (South African Predator Association) to participate, then the hardcopy of this survey is available from SAPA. SAPA has agreed to capture these survey responses electronically, thereby guaranteeing further anonymity. The original questionnaires returned to SAPA will not be copied to us.

Submission of the questionnaire will be taken as your consent for us to use the information you provide. 
NOTE: If you experience a technical problem with a question, please will you inform us afterwards which number it is.

Should you have any queries or concerns about the research, please contact any member of the collaborating team: 
* Dr Vivienne Williams (vivienne-ncls@wildscience.co.za) University of the Witwatersrand (Primary researcher)
* Mr Michael 't Sas-Rolfes (tsas.rolfes@gmail.com) Independent researcher / University of Oxford
* Ms Michele Pfab (M.Pfab@sanbi.org.za) SANBI

* 1. Please note before you start: several broad questions will be asked about the income generated from lion sales (live, products, trophies, etc). In the interests of giving us the correct information when responding to these important questions, please consider the option of remaining anonymous IF it means that you are more likely to provide an accurate answer. If you are in anyway unsure, rather remain anonymous. All information will be used for analytical purposes only and will be treated as confidential.