Panthera pardus (Leopard)

As in 2010, this species was selected on the basis of high volume trade in a globally threatened species and primarily comprised wild-sourced trophies and trophy items. Wild-sourced trade in trophy items that can easily be equated to individuals (234 trophies, ten skins, eight skulls, three bodies and one skeleton) equated to approximately 256 individuals. A permit analysis revealed that three of the skins were imported on the same permits as other trophy items, potentially reducing the number of animals involved to 253. This represents a decrease of 7% relative to 2010. As in 2010, wild-sourced trophies and trophy items primarily originated in Tanzania, Zimbabwe and Namibia.

2010 Summary for Panthera pardus (Leopard)

Criteria met:  High volume (globally threatened)

Principal trade term to the EU:  trophies

Principal source:  wild

Top EU importer:  France

Top Trading Partner:  Tanzania

CITES Appendix:  I

IUCN Status:  Near Threatened

EU-reported imports of wild-sourced (includes sources ‘W’, ‘U’ and source unspecified) Panthera pardus hunting trophies (excluding trophies reported in kg) and trophy items (bodies, skins and skulls; purposes H, P and T), 2001-2010.

In 2010, EU imports consisted primarily of wild-sourced hunting trophies and trophy items, comprising 251 trophies, 18 teeth, 11 skins, six skulls, five bodies and two bones. These imports equate to approximately 273 animals, although an analysis of permits indicates that three skulls were imported on the same permit as a skin, possibly reducing the number of animals involved to 270. The wild-sourced trophies principally originated in Tanzania (33%), Namibia (18%) and Zimbabwe (13%). Imports of wild-sourced trophies and trophy items decreased by 32% between 2009 and 2010.