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Conservation is Politics: Zambia's Hunting Landscape

On 9 January 2013, the Zambian Minister of Tourism Sylvia Masebo – responsible through its board for the parastatal the Zambia Wildlife Authority (ZAWA) – called a meeting at very short notice in Lusaka of all the hunting-safari stakeholders. Vice-President Scott attended. Rolf Shenton, the former MP for Mkushi whose father Barry brought the first […]

Zambia Hunting Ban Update

On Wednesday the Zambian government held a stakeholders meeting in Lusaka in an attempt to thrash out some of the issues surrounding the crisis within the local trophy hunting industry. Chaired by the Vice-President (VP), Dr Guy Scott, those in attendance included a cross-section of hunters, wildlife managers, eco-tourism consultants, outside observers, government personnel and […]

Fingers Off the Trigger: Zambia Cancels All Trophy Hunting Licences

Towards the end of last week Zambian wildlife authorities suspended the tender process for hunting concessions and cancelled all hunting licences for the foreseeable future. According to sources and local news reports, Minister of Tourism and Arts Sylvia Masebo has based her decision on corruption and malpractices between the hunting companies and various government departments. […]

If it Stays it Pays: The Real Commercial Value of the Big Five

The phrase ‘if it pays, it stays’ has frustrated me for years. I can recall countless ‘debates’ with people about the pros and cons of hunting the Big Five and the role it plays in South African conservation.My emotional pleas, citing moral responsibility to nature and our duty to future generations, were shot down and […]

Botswana Kills Trophy Hunting – Ian Michler reflects

Just under 2 weeks ago, the President of Botswana, Lt. Gen. Ian Khama, gave a speech wherein he announced that by the end of 2013, trophy hunting would no longer be allowed in Botswana. Speaking at a local kgotla in Mababe, a village along the edge of the Okavango Delta, he said that “Next year […]

Botswana will not issue any more hunting licenses!

Botswana’s president Ian Khama has announced that the government will no longer issue licenses for hunting wild animals in the country. In a progressive move to protect the country’s natural heritage and the tourism industry, he said that the government of Botswana, through the Environment and Wildlife Ministry, would stop issuing hunting licenses as of […]