Gavin, you're right....whatever we need to do to conserve our Leopard should be at the top of the priority list! I'll try the link again. Leopard are not as threatened by legal hunters as by illegal ones. The offtake required for the KZN traditional healers and 'royals' far outweighs the hunt off take. (6000 + market) Thus I believe the whole of the southern african region is being affected by this demand. Perhaps it's time they started breeding them captively like the Lion scenario to ensure a wild population? The issues will remain there until such time as a more holistic approach is used by the game dept's to the detriment of the species!