Import of Hunted Southern African Leopard


Ready to Apply?

There are several steps that you need to take when applying to import your sport-hunted southern African leopard trophy. We recommend planning and applying before you finalize your hunting plans to ensure that you can obtain the necessary permits. Import permits are valid for one year from the time of issuance and may be amended or renewed, if necessary. Please be aware that each hunter is limited to the import of two southern African leopards per calendar year. The information on this part of our webpage pertains to the import of leopards from southern African countries (south of, and including, the following countries: Gabon, Congo, Zaire, Uganda and Kenya). If you wish to import a leopard taken in northern or western Africa, please use form 3-200-20.

To Apply Before Your Hunt

We understand that most hunters want to know before their hunt whether they qualify for a permit to import their hunted animal. If you wish to have this reassurance prior to your hunting trip, we recommend that you submit your permit application to us 18 months prior to your planned leopard hunt. In doing so, you can expect us to finish the processing of your application a year from your hunt. If you cannot plan your hunt that far in advance, we encourage you to submit your application as soon as you have the information available to complete your application. In order to complete your permit application, among other information, you must know the country and location of your hunt (area, ranch, conservancy, management area, or hunting block, and nearest city), planned date range of the hunt, and the name of the hunting outfitter, safari company, or professional hunting guide with whom you will be hunting. Copies of any applicable foreign government permits or licenses required for the hunt should be included if you have already obtained them.

To Apply After Your Hunt

If you wish to apply for your import permit after you have already hunted the leopard, you will need to complete the permit application, providing, among other information, the country and location where you hunted the wildlife (area, ranch, conservancy, management area, or hunting block, and nearest city), the date the wildlife was hunted, and the name of the hunting outfitter, safari company, or professional hunting guide with whom you hunted.  In addition, you will need to provide copies of any applicable foreign government permits or licenses that were required for the hunt.

What Happens After You Submit the Application?

Permit Processing

  1. When we receive your application, we will enter it into our permitting system and send an acknowledgement letter to you via email.
  2. Our permits staff is expected to review your application and contact you within 30 days if we need additional information. You should provide responses to any questions or requests for additional information to the permits staff person within 45 days [50 CFR 13.11(c)(e)].

Permit Application Decisions

Once your permit application is determined to be complete and we have all the necessary information, we will generally be able to make a decision on your application within three months. You will be notified either by receipt of your import permit or a letter explaining the reason for denial of your application.

Sources of Information we consider include (but are not limited to):

  • The information you, other applicants, and your representatives submit with permit applications.
  • Information provided by experts, organizations and interested parties.
  • Information from U.S.-range country consultations on the management and conservation of the species in the country where the wildlife was or will be hunted.
  • Published literature.