By Justin Jones, Assistant Editor
We recently shared news about a leopard study in South Africa (see articles 4076
) and now have word of a similar project in Namibia. The Namibia Professional Hunting Association (NAPHA) will undertake an 18-month census of leopard populations in Namibia in partnership with the Ministry of Environment and Tourism.
NAPHA cited South Africa's recent withheld quotas for leopard hunting as an example of the need for increased data on leopard populations. South Africa decided to stop hunting leopard due to lack of data and pressure from the antihunting lobby. NAPHA also states that the data from the study is necessary to counter the petition by the antis that the US Fish & Wildlife Service list all African leopard as endangered. Currently, leopard in southern Africa are listed as threatened. CITES also has directed a review of Namibia's leopard quota before its next Conference of the Parties....