We reported on the problem of non-exportable leopards from South Africa more than a year ago, warning you that some unscrupulous operators were taking clients on unauthorized cat hunts in South Africa and then blaming the export problem on government officials. Don't be fooled this way. Unless you know your hunt provider well and trust him, ask him to show you upfront a letter of authorization to hunt a leopard from the appropriate provincial authority. Alternately, you can make your own inquiries directly to provincial authorities, whose contact details are listed below.
In case you are wondering, the total leopard quota in South Africa is in the mid 70s. That breaks down roughly as follows: Northern Province (about 40); Kwazulu Natal (about 10); Northwestern Province (about 12); Mpulanga (7 to 10); and Eastern Cape (about 3).