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From Nairobi to Miami, our teams are speaking out for wildlife in 15 locations around the world from March to May.

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2. South Africa

Lion and tiger cubs at a tourist attraction in South Africa - World Animal Protection

We estimate there are at least 12,000 lions held captive at facilities in South Africa.

In stark contrast, there are only about 3,000 in the wild. 

Captive big cats in South Africa face a miserable life cycle. Many are taken away from their mothers hours after birth.

In the lion cub's first three months of life, while they're small and easy enough to manage, tourists can pay to come and pet them. Many of these animals then go back into the breeding cycle, and others are used for trophy hunting.

Finally, some of the lions are killed and their body parts are shipped to Asia to be used in traditional medicine.

Help end this cruelty. Commit to avoiding cruel attractions and not buying traditional medicine products that use wild animals.

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1. Nairobi, Kenya

People marching for wild animals on World Wildlife Day in Nairobi, Kenya - World Animal Protection - Animals in the wild

More than 1.5 million live animals were exported out of Africa for the pet trade between 2011 and 2015.

It's not just Africa's characteristic 'big five' that are being exploited. The 'little five' – the ball python, African grey parrot, emperor scorpion, leopard tortoise and Savannah monitor lizard – are suffering for the cruel exotic pet and traditional medicine trades too. 

On World Wildlife Day (March 3), we gathered hundreds of people in Nairobi, Kenya, to call out cruelty and encourage the world to make the world a better place for wild animals. 

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Elephant at high welfare venue - World Animal Protection