The African lion population has increased by more than 50 percent in recent years and its numbers are set to increase even more in the coming years.
Zimbabwe’s National Parks Service says the lions are being used for sport and the government is working to protect them from poachers.
The lion population in Zimbabwe rose from just a few thousand in 1996 to more than 7.5 million today, according to an April 2016 report by the African Wildlife Foundation.
The lions are also being used as trophy hunting for trophy hunters in countries around the world.
Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force President Chris Jackson said that lions were being killed in Zimbabwe for sport at an alarming rate and were being sold to Asian trophy hunters.
He also pointed out that the country’s population of wild lions has declined by more, to less than 200,000 in recent decades.