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Iconic elephant shot in Zimbabwe

EXTRACT FROM THE FOLLOWING THIRD PARTY SOURCE: Written by Adam Cruise for Conservation Action Trust. Images sourced on Facebook. 

On the 8th of October an elephant with tusks estimated to weigh over 120lb (54,4+kg) each was shot in the Malapati concession, located in southeastern Zimbabwe near Gonarezhou National Park.

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Hunting forums are abuzz with congratulatory comments about the bull elephant who had 122-pound tusks, making him probably the largest tusker hunted in Africa since 1986.

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Some conservationists fear that this could be Nkombo, a well known bull elephant that had been collared in the Kruger National Park but lost his collar in 2014. It is suspected that Nkombo was killed by the hunters as he strayed out of the protection of the national park and into Zimbabwe, however others say that Nkombo has been sighted recently and this elephant appears to be an older bull.

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The hunters are claiming their hunt was ethical since the elephant was past his breeding years. However, elephant experts have stated that the elephant was 35-40 years old and was accordingly of prime breeding age. There is concern regarding the loss of the genes that such a large tusker carries.

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The death of this iconic elephant comes in the wake of the recent hunting of Cecil, the well-known male lion.
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  • Evert Louw

    These photos are a little problematic…….

    • Carolyn Budai

      why? If they are not real we will all be celebrating – but would like to know your reasoning.

    • Sean

      yes, agree with you. the ear-cutting is obviously different in these three photos. it is too easy as to add the weight by putting something heavy inside, or simply using a wrong scale. i think the last photo of ivory weighing at best 70-80lb. wait for the truth

  • Monica Gilbert

    Who was the “hunter” who shot this big boy? He needs to be named and heartily shamed. As does his outfitter. Why do small-dicked men think they need to kill a magnificent animal like this to prove their virility? Hint: It doesn’t work. We all know you need tweezers to find your penis. The size of the trophy is inversely proportionate to the size of the shooter’s member. FACT! Look up http://dmgd.org/

    • Brett Nortje

      Expert on penises?

      • Moore’s Mark

        Hahahaha!

        • gail van litsenborgh

          Guess you’re a bit of an idiot hey? Troll springs to mind hahahahahaha

          • gail van litsenborgh

            I am an expert on penises! I love zem, hey.

      • Monica Gilbert

        Expert on dickheads. You’re one of them. Look up http://dmgd.org It’s a real medical condition. I think you have it.

        • Michael Lorentz

          beautifully said!

    • Matt G

      Crazy comments like yours are caused by Floppy Vagina Syndrome…. it’s real, look it up.

      • Monica Gilbert

        What’s crazy? http://dmgd.org/ is a legitimate disorder. Just because you don’t like it or agree with it or even acknowledge it, doesn’t mean it’s not real. I guess you can only afford to associate with women with FVS hence your expertise on the matter.

    • nmshaffer

      AWESOME MONICA!! You made my day!

  • Evert Louw

    Something is not right with these photos,I doubt them.Please look closely.

    • http://blog.africageographic.com/africa-geographic-blog/ AfricaGeo Editorial

      Thanks Evert, is there something specific that concerns you about the pics.

      • Sean

        it is a white-lie among hunting society for long time…this ivory used in the article looks at best 80lb

    • Tintin

      What is it you are seeing?

  • Alison Heyns

    UK PERSPECTIVE – The images of trophy hunters posing next to their trophies are so repulsive, you cannot help but experience intense feelings of hatred and resentment towards these vile ‘ego-driven killers’ with their ‘macho’ genes, trying to assert their masculinity. There is no difference between serial killers who derive pleasure from torturing and killing their victims and these miscreants killing vulnerable or endangered animal species for pleasure. Dian Fossey in her book ‘Gorillas in the Mist’, has aptly stated, “The man who kills the animals today, is the man who kills the people who get in his way tomorrow.”

    • Alison Heyns

      These idiots posing next to their trophies are repulsive to the extreme. Zimbabwe is a pariah state and it’s obvious from recent events that they do not care about wildlife conservation or the environment!

      • Brett Nortje

        What do you know about conservation?

        • Tintin

          You don’t need to ‘know about conservation’ to see this is wrong!!!

          • Brett Nortje

            Then you’re part of the problem.

          • Tintin

            Conservation and tourism happens to be my entire life – don’t make assumptions if you are too ignorant to understand what I am saying! !!

          • Brett Nortje

            Emotional BS – What conservation role did that bull play?

          • Tintin

            I am surprised you even ask? Firstly Elephants have an incredible family structure and bond – the breeding herds led by the matriarch, her role is pretty structured and guides the rest of the herd – the bulls are less structured but their role is totally functional and a crucial one for populating the herds – he moves between breeding herds and populate/mate and basicly spread the gene pool as other bulls do. Without a strong gene pool the elepphant would be in trouble to put it crassly and simply. The bulls that are shot by hunters (as with most species…) are NOT the weak and frail. As to your commercial hunting remark – besides even South Africa in the bigger picture the wildlife has been decimated by hunting – read The End of the Game by Peter Beard and and if you really want black and white facts on the comparison of what and eco-lodge (photo safari) brings in compared to a hunting concern over a 5 year period written by Ian Mitchler the called To Snap or Snipe – there is no argument as the eco concern brings in far more sustainable income to a country than a hunting season. Its NOT emotional BS…just facts and figures.

          • Brett Nortje

            More game in South Africa than at any time since the rinderpest thanks to hunting.

          • Lisa Giglio Crosby

            You aren’t part of the problem you are the problem!!!

        • csmith

          This hurts conservation–It turns people against hunting entirely. Taking the best genes hurts the population.

          • Brett Nortje

            Rubbish. Emotional rubbish. What are the facts?

          • Tintin

            Yep…ignorant seems to be your deal!

          • csmith

            I don’t see how the comment is emotional–an attempt often used by hunters to minimize differing opinions. Hunting, in some situations, can benefit conservation. But, the fact is that the majority of people, at least in the US, are against trophy hunting. Hunters like this can cause a tipping point resulting in a reaction that severely restricts or eliminates hunting completely. Look at the airline reaction to Cecil. As far as taking the best genes—I can’t teach you genetics, but look at average tusks sizes, horn sizes, and antler sizes in an area that has been heavily hunted by trophy hunters for decades.

          • csmith

            I don’t see how the comment is emotional–an attempt often used by hunters to minimize differing opinions. Hunting, in some situations, can benefit conservation. But, the fact is that the majority of people, at least in the US, are against trophy hunting. Hunters like this can cause a tipping point resulting in a reaction that severely restricts or eliminates hunting completely. Look at the airline reaction to Cecil. As far as taking the best genes—I can’t teach you genetics, but look at average tusks sizes, horn sizes, and antler sizes in an area that has been heavily hunted by trophy hunters for decades.

          • Brett Nortje

            The “majority of people” are uninformed townsfolk who ought to sit down and shut up. Read what I wrote below. The only trophy I have mounted on my wall is a beautiful Rowland Ward red hartebeest – you can see the horn wounds all over his sides where one of his sons beat him up. He was outcast and in poor condition.

          • csmith

            Brett– hate to inform you, but it is the apathetic majority that knows nothing about wildlife that needs to be “won over”. My point is this news hurts more than helps. And just because you are cautious in the trophies you kill does not others are. Most I know choose the biggest animal with the biggest horns, antlers, etc.

          • Brett Nortje

            I’m trying to find an article by Eddie Young who was a REAL conservationist who showed that sub-adult males were responsible for a lot of the mating in antelope herds. I’ll post it as soon as I find it. This business about the prime breeders being the trophy animals is the romantic fantasy of bunny-huggers.

          • csmith

            Of course, continue with the name calling. Do you do it to improve your self esteem? I find it interesting that so many people consider some scientists conservationists only if they support their culturally held beliefs. One study on antelopes would only mean something about trophy hunting that type of antelope. It wouldn’t mean anything about an elephant, etc. And we know this is not true for lions. I don’t think the world is ready yet, but I look forward to a time when people do not think of animals as trophies. A time when we appreciate them for their intrinsic value. You can capture an animal in the perfect light with a camera and allow future generations to enjoy seeing that animal as well.

          • Brett Nortje

            Your central assumptions about hunters are just as insulting.

            Can I ask you something? Have you ever heard a rooster crow? Not a recorded one – outdoors, say in your garden, going about your business, and you hear a rooster crow up the road?

          • csmith
          • Brett Nortje

            Kenya? Isn’t that the country where hunting was banned and game populations dropped through the floor? Where the Kenyatta family shipped poached ivory on the national airline?

            Amboseli? Isn’t that the park where elephant ate everything out of habitat and all the rhino starved (while South Africa had ballooning rhino populations?)

          • csmith

            Your comments are irrelevant to the research on mating behavior in elephants.

        • Suzanne Frances Garvey

          I have been to Zimbabwe. Many people care deeply about conservation. The actions of a few foreign hunters dies not represent the entire population of this beautiful country.

          • Richard Chipunza

            So are you saying the hunters will be prosecuted ? The Zim government gives no sh*t about conservation. I should know, I’m from there.

          • Brett Nortje

            What they care about, is money, and hunting is one of the few things left in Zim to sell. Huntinmg can be a sustainable industry that benefits the conservation pyramid.

          • Tintin

            What century do you live in mate? That is an old age adage that no longer exists! GET YOUR FACTS UP TO DATE!

          • Brett Nortje

            Don’t be silly. Focus on the issues. When hunting was commercialised in South Africa 55 years ago there were 500 000 game animals. Now there are 20m.

          • Freedom

            Of those 20m as you claim are mostly buck very few of the big 5 very soon at least 3 of the big 5 will be extinct.Yes I agree we have dictators in most African countries,including South Africa that does not give them the right to allow the killing of what essentially belongs to the people.We as taxpayers pay heavily for their paychecks,the money paid by these game hunters does not go into conservation or helping the hungry and needy,it goes into these idiotic dictators pockets.

          • Brett Nortje

            There is no space for more Big 5 here. Every South African habitat carries close to max capacity.

            In South Africa, the money for hunted game quite rightly goes to the landowner, who made a huge investment into fences and the like.

            I’m not denying even in South Africa a lot of provincial game parks have been overrun for market-grazing or that poaching is increasing exponentially. Do you see by now the most effective game warden wild animals could wish for is the rule of law?

          • Freedom

            Oh what utter rubbish,most game parks including Kruger are almost devoid of the big 5 thanks to poachers.

          • Brett Nortje

            Lady, this falls in the blah blah category.

        • Freedom

          Do you then agree once you are past your breeding years you should be put down?Now that would be ethical don’t you think.There is nothing ethical about the killing of this elephant.He did no harm to anyone,why not allow him to live out his life as was originally intended.

          • Brett Nortje

            Why not? Because he is worth money lying on the ground. Do you realise there are people in Zimbabwe who have been living off rats because of the corruption and maladministration of their criminally greedy government? We have 3,5m of their refugees in South Africa. Do you realise how many Zimbabweans are reliant upon food aid right now? Sustainable utilisation can be of benefit to the country. Are you a do-gooding dilettante? Impervious to logic? Well, in that case look at the hungerpits on his skull. I would like to see his teeth.

          • Freedom

            Well agreed then when you are useless as a man will have you put down and have your brain dissected so that we can understand your logic.as for the Zimbaweans,if they are reliant on food aid is that not the case in most of Africa,South Africa will sooner than later follow the same path,both these countries keep on voting the same dictators in time after time.

        • Jcat Board

          In my book there is a BIG difference between conservation and hunting for BIG PROFITS.

          • Brett Nortje

            Then you have done no homework on sustainable utilization. I am also worried that Kruger could be sucked dry due to the huge egos of Thabo Mbeki and Dr Rupert. The same thing has been happening in Letaba Ranch. But that does not change the validity of the principle of conservation through sustainable utilization. Here are some clues:

            Hunter Takes Hundred Pound Elephant Trophy In Zimbabwe
            Published: May – 2011

            Surprising news from Zimbabwe! On March 31, a Spanish hunter shot a 100-pound elephant while hunting with PH Nixon Dzingai of SSG Safaris (info@ssgsafaris.com) in a communal area bordering Gonarezhou National Park. I first learned of the development from subscriber and booking agent George Gehrman of Tracking Africa (307-754-9181; http://www.TrackingAA.com). Subscriber Jack Sissoyev forwarded a photo he had received (see our online Trophy Gallery), while Naison Makanasi at SSG Safaris confirmed that the tusks had been weighed at 101 pounds at the Mabalauta Station in Gonarezhou National Park and officially registered at the Masvingo National Parks office. Dzingai was still in the field with clients and not available for interview at press time. How did Zimbabwe produce this monster? Gonarezhou National Park lies on the border of southeastern Zimbabwe and is part of the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park, which also includes South Africa’s Kruger National Park and Mozambique’s Gaza National Park. SSG Safaris hunts the Malapati safari area adjacent to the southern end of Gonarezhou. The Mwenezi River forms the boundary with the park and Malapati. This is a hunting concession of more than 42,000 acres (17,000 hectares).
            We have eight hunt reports on file on Malapati by subscribers who have hunted there with Nixon Dzingai. The reports, going back to 1999, unanimously give Dzingai excellent marks as a PH and rate the concession highly for elephant hunting, with jumbo seen and taken from 30- to 70-plus pounds. During this time table, the concession was hunted by several safari operators, all of whom used Dzingai as a PH. He eventually started SSG Safaris and took over Malapati several years ago.

          • Brett Nortje

            See how many 100-pounders have come out of this area?

        • Lisa Giglio Crosby

          Why don’t you shut up!!!!

          • Michael Lorentz

            Reading the self righteous ramblings of Brett Nortje is depressing in the extreme… A little like listening to the ‘flat earthers’ trying to justify their narrow mindedness. Truth is there is no point debating with someone like this whose basic tenant in life is that man has dominion over the world and all other species. The gap is too wide. It goes without say that most enlightened people would find little in common with Brett or his views on just about anything. Luckily, there are fewer and fewer of this type left and we are wasting our time engaging with them. Leave them to their increasing irrelevance.

  • Elijah Modikwane

    That was just very stupid God know our beginning and end just like those poor animals they belong somewhere in the creation and evolution of this planet

  • Louise Tyrrell

    They think they are now brave wonderful men by killing a majestic animal like the elephant. I wish them a life of hell !!!!!

  • Robert Sehannie

    It is a fact that 70% of all serial killers started out on animals. And I if a certain dentist in the USA, who stated that he had never harmed a child, would in fact not hunt them if the law allowed. This goes for all the sick psychopath hunters. Standing hundreds of metres from an animal or even 50 metres gives the animal no chance. This makes each an every one of you a cowardly, sick individual, that gets sexual excitement from killing, just as any psychopath does

    • nmshaffer

      So true Robert, and frustrating, sad and sick. What pleasure is there in killing a beautiful beast…because you can? Because you get an adrenaline rush from slaughtering/stalking an animal with a weapon. Just vile.

  • OLD SCHOOL

    Photographs from the turn of the previous century portay tusks larger than six feet. What happened to the gene pool of these ivory carriers?

    • http://appsman.co.za/ Richard Sanderson

      Hunted for their ivory. It’s not new, just much more publicized now

    • Michael Lorentz

      decimated by hunters posing as conservationists.

  • Ellen Hayes

    So you killed an incredible animal to feed your ego and trophy room, took it away from its herd and its life, reduced the herd numbers even more to aid in the disappearance of this species in the end so none of us will be able to see them live in the world… all for you… you selfish, murdering jerk!

    • Freedom

      Yes a murdering jerk unfortunately one of many who still don’t get it.

    • Brett Nortje

      Bulls don’t roam with the herds, silly. Spend your emotion on Mozambique and Tanzania. Kenya is almost poached out.

      • Freedom

        Doesn’t that apply to Zimbabwe and South Africa too.You really need to do your homework before posting really stupid assumptions.

        • Brett Nortje

          There is a difference between emotion and sentiment and the facts.

  • Esme’ Blair

    All that ancient knowledge from a iconic member of a herd gone forever. This is no longer necessary….that money paid will never be seen by conservation groups or anti poaching units that are at the foefront of poaching. Wrong

  • James Reid

    One wonders how many of these magnificent tuskers are left on our continent. Maybe 100?

    • Rob

      May be less. Kruger has itself less than 10 emerging tuskers, now may be 9.

  • Murrough

    I just do not understand what the trophy is anymore. 100+ Years ago,when you had to travel on foot and have no fall back, GPS or Land Cruisers, I might, just might get it, based on how society was back then. But now, anyone can fire a modern gun and anyone can be driven close to an elephant and make the shot. I prefer to shoot with the camera, it’s much harder than shooting with a gun, and of course, it can be repeated.

  • Phil Clark

    Strip the cowards naked and send them into the bush/jungle and let nature take care of them.

  • Rüdiger Schlag

    Waidmannsheil for this old big Trohpy Elephant !!!!

    • LS

      du bist ein fester trottel!

    • Margit Seitz

      Noch so ein Kranker! Jäger sind kranke Kreaturen. Wenn jemand nur zum Spass ein wehrloses Tier ermordert, kann man ihn nicht als Mensch bezeichnen. Ein Mensch hat nämlich Verstand, Herz, Gefühle, Moral und Ethik. Einem Jäger fehlen diese Eigenschaften, die einen Mensch ausmachen, sonst könnte er nicht auf wehrlose Tier schießen. Mit einem Gewehr fühlen sich die Jäger stark. Sie sollten aber mal ohne Gewehr gegen einen Löwen oder Elefanten kämpfen müssen. Da würden sie vor Angst davon laufen, diese Feiglinge!

      • Brett Nortje

        My German is far less than perfect, but even in German it was laughable.

        • Freedom

          Face facts Brett Nortje your command or understanding leaves much to be desired.Yeah your logic is laughable.

  • Rüdiger Schlag

    Wonderfull big oldTrophy Elephant – Waidmannsheil

  • Glen Smith

    I find these acts absolutely disgusting and criminal,that beautiful animals can be killed.These people should be put in jail,or put in front of a firing squad would be more suited.

  • Tanja

    Zimbabwe needs a new president asap.

    • Freedom

      they needed a new president in 85

  • Catherine Harris

    Makes me feel sick ! Words fail me and I cannot for the life of me understnad why anyone would feel proud of killing such an amazing and beautiful looking animal. What a sad indictment on our race !

  • terry

    Africa Geographic, it seems to me, has for it’s membership/readership people who love nature and wild animals, but unfortunately, in a mostly narrow and overly sentimental sort of way. It is then in Africa Geographic’s narrow self interest to cater to the tastes of that membership/readership and unreservedly condemn hunting at every turn and in so doing, turning a blind eye to the greater threat to wildlife: that the wilderness – their home – becomes financially uncompetitive as a land use form. The day that happens will be the day the wilderness disappears, please have no illusions about that! What future then for the wild animals, Africa Geographic? And who then is the greater threat to wildlife, the hunter or you?

    • Freedom

      Whaaaaat,man is solely responsible for the destruction of everything on this planet.

  • nmshaffer

    REPULSIVE. THIS IS SO HORRID AND VILE. Breaks my heart…why are hunters so disgusting and heartless. Rot in hell vermin, karma will get you.

  • Donnie L. Hughes

    Asswipe! Moral incompetence

  • Margit Seitz

    Who knows his name? Please tell us his name!

  • Michael Lorentz

    THE ENEMY WITHIN

    Its time all conservationists took a strong and united stand against hunting. The scourge of poaching, by international criminal gangs, is decimating elephants across Africa and brave rangers are dying trying to protect them. On the 8th October poachers in Garamba DRC killed four African Parks rangers. The world was outraged. On the same day in Zimbabwe this majestic elephant was killed and the killers are lauded as heroes in the hunting world. Enough. The irony in this contradiction is tragic. How can we Africans tell the world that it’s wrong for an impoverished local to kill an elephant, yet perfectly ok for a rich foreigner to do so?

    The World needs to understand that the hunters are the ENEMY WITHIN. Whilst it is enormously hard to stop poaching, allowing hunting is something we can control. It’s a choice.

    The oft repeated argument by hunters that they are conservationists holds no value. They are killers. $60’000.00 for arguably the largest tusker on the continent is an insult. And none of that revenue trickles down to conservation. Male elephant are not reproductively viable until they are in their 40’s. The hunters claim that this elephant was past its breeding age show how utterly ignorant hunters are about animal biology. Male elephant are at their prime breeding years the older they get, so this bull was only just entering his best years. I guess if your only interest is in murdering an animal, you don’t need to understand it. This male carried the genes of future generations – wasted now to feed the ego of some
    pitiful oxygen thief of a hunter.

    The killing of elephants is wrong – morally reprehensible and factually hugely damaging. There is no right. So STOP HUNTING.

    • Brett Nortje

      LOL! The enemy is in your head.

      P.s. Show us HIS TEETH.

      • Michael Lorentz

        That’s about what I would expect from someone who identifies their persona with a Doberman.

        Let me be frank, as I will not be getting into a dialogue or a debate with you, as reading your self righteous ramblings is depressing in the extreme. A little like listening to the ‘flat earthers’ trying to justify their narrow mindedness.

        Truth is there is no point debating with someone like you, whose basic tenant in life is that mankind has dominion over the world and all other species. The gap is too wide. It shows an unforgivable ignorance.

        It goes without say that I find nothing in common with you or your views. Luckily, there are fewer and fewer people with your mindset left, and the rest of us are wasting our time engaging with you. I would rather leave you to your increasing irrelevance.

  • Save Them

    Any word on the name on the killer or location of this beautiful, magnificent animal? As many did with Cecils killer, make his life a living hell. Destroy his business and take him down like the worthless human he is. I pray that when these killers die that the helpless animals they killed will be the first thing they see as they carry them down to the fires of hell.

    Good day!

  • Otto Savage

    This took place in Zimbabwe, which, in common with most other African countries, inherited from its colonial past a system of State ownership of wildlife that resulted in a decline of wildlife outside of protected areas. The Parks and Wildlife Act of 1975 gave private
    landholders in pre-independent Zimbabwe the right to manage wildlife for their
    own benefit, and this heralded an immediate reversal in wildlife declines on
    private land. In 1982, the legal provisions of this Act were extended to Rural
    District Councils (RDCs), on behalf of rural communities in communal lands in
    whose areas viable populations of wildlife are found. It enabled them to manage
    and benefit from wildlife resources through the program called Community Areas
    Management Program for Indigenous Resources (CAMPFIRE). Communal areas in Zimbabwe are administered by RDCs, and these have become the mechanism for implementation of government’s policy of “conservation by utilization” of natural resources.

    The CAMPFIRE Program was initiated in 1988 in Zimbabwe as
    a means to ensure that local communities benefited from safari concessions
    operating in their area. CAMPFIRE was designed to give control of wildlife
    management to rural communities, so that they would invest in wildlife and
    habitat conservation and in turn, receive dividends. Under the program,
    villagers work with government agencies to develop sustainable wildlife
    management programs for their specific areas.
    Profits from the project are used for communal benefit or distributed to
    individual households at the discretion of the community. Rural district
    councils are authorized to market wildlife resources in their districts to
    safari operators on behalf of communities. Safari operators sell photographic
    safaris and hunting safaris to mostly foreign eco-tourists and hunters, before
    paying the communities a percentage of costs which is essentially a dividend
    resulting from the sustainable management of their wildlife. Sustainable management includes controlling the number and species of animals that can be hunted in an area while
    maintaining a healthy population.

    Between 1989 and 2004, the program raised about US$30 million, which was channeled directly back into the communities. More recently, CAMPFIRE’s impact on national income is at least US$10 million annually. If the multiplier on tourism activities is included, CAMPFIRE is worth US$20-25 million to Zimbabwe’s economic income each year. Periodic contributions have also come from USAID, FAO, Safari Club International Foundation and the Kellogg
    Foundation.

    CAMPFIRE contributes to job creation, empowerment, and diversification of livelihoods for rural communities. Communities benefit from infrastructure such as clinics, schools, grinding mills, boreholes and roads.

    To date, 58 out of 60 Administrative Districts are part of the CAMPFIRE program covering an equivalent area of 40-50,000km2. CAMPFIRE Association is a registered Welfare Organization established in 1992 to lead the CAMPFIRE program, and to represent and promote the interests of RDCs who have communities endowed with natural resources. The primary role of the Association is to promote the management of wildlife and other natural
    resources for the benefit of producer communities. The Association is fully
    recognized by government in its support for wildlife management, and local
    level natural resources management initiatives in communal lands in partnership
    with other environmental agencies, development partners and the private sector.
    RDCs are the planning authority in their areas.

    Each RDC has an Environment Committee that is responsible for addressing environmental issues at district level, and thus coordinate the implementation of CAMPFIRE. Dedicated CAMPFIRE departments responsible for the day-to-day management of CAMPFIRE (field patrols, monitoring of hunts, problem animal control, water and fire management) are found in all major districts. There are in excess of 100 democratically elected and constituted village and ward CAMPFIRE committees in the various districts. This provides for community
    participation and decision-making with a transparent flow of information
    relating to key issues, planning and projects.

    The CAMPFIRE model (for wildlife management purposes) focuses on two main
    criteria:

    Voluntary interest in participation by communities and
    their RDCs,

    Presence of wildlife populations capable of producing
    sustainable and economically significant revenues.

    Benefit sharing from CAMPFIRE for local communities is based on:

    The number of animals harvested within a local community’s area each
    hunting season.

    The extent of wildlife habitat present within a local community’s area
    annually.

    The CAMPFIRE concept has contributed to the achievement of the goal of
    eradicating extreme poverty and hunger by facilitating the creation of an
    enabling environment for pro-poor economic growth; creating employment
    opportunities; reducing dependence on rain fed agriculture and increasing
    agricultural productivity; and developing projects that enhance food and
    nutrition security. The CAMPFIRE program generates three primary benefits:

    It improves the livelihoods of rural people, through schools, clinics, clean water, and other infrastructure.

    It empowers rural communities to manage themselves, imparting the sense of self-confidence and self-dependence that has long been denied to them, at the same time removing this burden from government.

    It provides an incentive for rural communities to conserve wildlife, prevent poaching, and maintain a healthy wildlife population.

  • Cindy Bruckner Baldwin

    This selfish trophy hunter is truly a pathetic POS!!

  • Casey Hendershot

    Making up for small penises one endangered animal at a time. Sad.

  • Stryke

    This is not hunting, but simple execution of innocent wildlife that no one has a right to kill just for horns or tusks. These so-called hunter/murderers need serious psychiatric counseling, but I expect that would be a total waste.

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