After closing the country to hunting for over 20 months, Zambia ends ban on hunting.
After banning all hunting in January 2013 in an effort to combat declining game populations, the Zambian government has just reversed their decision.
According to Safari Club International, Zambia ended the ban on hunting in order to help diversify their economy as well as to encourage conservation of wildlife populations.
Even though hunting for most game is no longer banned in Zambia, there will be no hunting of lion and leopard until a population survey is completed later this year. The survey is studying not only the populations of the big cats, but is collecting genetic and demographic information as well to help develop practices for other African countries to use to properly manage cat populations.
Based on the results of the survey, hunting for the big cats may be reopened with appropriate quotas.
All in all, this is great news for hunters, wildlife populations, and the people of Zambia. By reopening the country to hunting, it will increase the supply of hunting areas and hopefully help lower prices for hunts all across Africa.
Additionally, these hunters will bring significant amounts of money into Zambia to help stimulate the economy and fund conservation and anti-poaching measures. Right now, the Zambian economy is heavily dependent on the copper mining industry, and a decline in copper prices could be devastating. Hunters will bring more money into Zambia than a typical safari photo tourist, and will assist in diversifying the economy.
At least for the foreseeable future, hunters from across the world will enjoy access to the fantastic hunting, especially for Cape Buffalo and Cookson’s Wildebeest (the only country where that sub-species of wildebeest may be hunted) that Zambia has to offer.