e some protected status, meaning their trade is heavily regulated under separate international treaties.
The main goal of the Endangered Species Act is to protect and recover species in the wild, said Chris Tollefson, a spokesman for the Fish and Wildlife Service. So although a listing could help conservation efforts, the United States can’t force foreign governments to take any particular action. However, the Fish and Wildlife Service already offers help to African nations fighting poaching, particularly of black rhinos and elephants.
Mostly, listing a species outside of the United States helps ensure that U.S. citizens don’t contribute to the further decline of that species in its native habitat. It also could create a stricter permitting process, which would require anyone seeking to import or trade in or transport a listed species such as lions (or lion parts) to get a permit.
Lion hunting is allowed und