TOPS is the acronym for Threatened Or Protected Species. The purpose of this regulations to regulate the hunting methods of Tops listed animals. To hunt an animal on the TOPS list the outfitter must be in possession of the relative documentation.

Below is a list of animals that appears on the TOPS list and their status, only animals that are important to the trophy hunting industry is listed.

Critical endangered species

  • None

Endangered species

  • Tsesebe
  • Black Rhino
  • Mountain Zebra
  • African Wild dog
  • Oribi

Vulnerable species

  • Cheetah
  • Samango Monkey
  • Bontebok
  • Roan antelope
  • Pangolin
  • Suni
  • Lion
  • Leopard
  • Blue duiker

Protected species

  • White Rhino
  • Black Wildebeest
  • Spotted Hyaena
  • Black footed cat
  • Brown Hyaena
  • Serval
  • African Elephant
  • Honey badger
  • Sharpe's grysbok
  • Reedbuck
  • Cape fox
  • Nile crocodile

Prohibited hunting methods

  • Use of poison.
  • Use of traps or snares.
  • With dogs with the exception of tracking a wounded animal.
  • Darting with certain exceptions.
  • Hunting with a semi automatic weapon.
  • Hunting with a rim fire cartridge of .22 or smaller.
  • Hunting with a shotgun with the exception of birds.
  • Hunting with a air rifle.
  • Animals may not be lured with bait, sound, smell or any other induced luring method except for using bait for Lions, Leopard and Hyena.
  • Hunting with spot lights. A spotlight may be used for the hunting of Leopard and Hyena
  • Hunting with a motorised vehicle. A motorised vehicle may be used to allow an physical disabled or an elderly person to hunt.
  • Hunting with an aircraft. An aircraft may be used to track a wounded animal.
  • Hunting any animal that is under the influence of a tranquiliser, narcotic or immobilized.
  • Hunting a animal that is trapped against a fence or in a small enclosure.
  • Hunting a listed predator, White and Black Rhino, Nile crocodile or Elephant with a bow and arrow.


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