About Glen Garriff Conservation


Glen Garriff is home to 70+ lions who each have a story, an identity and a purpose.

We do not breed for the canned lion hunting industry. Glen Garriff is committed to the sustainability of the African lion Gene Pool and to the enhancement of the study, learning and understanding of the species. Our purpose is to preserve our 8 family group gene pool which were selectively bred to give us magnificent disease free specimens that can be introduced into other likeminded lion reserves, and hopefully in the future also reintroduced into the semi wild. Over the next few years GG Conservation’s vision and purpose to preserve the African lion gene pool formed and became a goal. Research today shows that the lions left free in the wild are under serious threat from their natural habitat diminishing due to human development and over population.

Many people also don’t realise that many wild lions are infected with various diseases and are at constant risk of further depletion from any other possible epidemics:
Bovine Tuberculosis (BTb) – this disease was transferred from domestic cattle to wild buffalo and then to the African lion. Canine Distemper Virus (CDV) – identified to have originated from domestic dogs in villages surrounding the Serengeti. An outbreak in 1994 killed in excess of 1000 lions in this region. Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) – commonly referred to as Feline Aids which also occurs in domestic cats. Feline Herpes Virus (FEHV) – highly prevalent in free ranging lion populations.

The commercial hunting trade

has hit a new low with lions being taken to the slaughter.Thousands of lions are now being bred in captivity every year in South Africa so that foreign trophy hunters can shoot them with a minimum of difficulty, a powerful new film reveals this week. The lions are being intensively farmed like livestock because of the huge sums of money to be made in “canned hunting”, where the animals are released into confined areas in which they can be easily tracked and killed. Read More