AFRICA: Zimbabwe turns to China, Russia to attract hunters
Zimbabwe’s Minister of Water, Environment and Climate Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri said the country is now focusing on luring more professional hunters from countries such as China and Russia in the wake of ban on the importation of elephant trophies from Zimbabwe as well as the restrictions imposed on lion hunted trophies by the United States Fish and Wildlife Services (USFWS).
The USFWS imposed new restrictions on African lions harvested after January 22, 2016 particularly lions from Southern and Eastern Africa, a move viewed by many as a “ban” meant to cripple the local hunting industry.
Tanzania and Zimbabwe are the second and third largest exporters of lion trophies to the US, after South Africa, and the United States has already stopped all imports of elephant trophies from those two countries because of what it believes to be organisational problems in the wildlife management programmes of these Southern African Development Community (SADC) member states.
... Kashiri said apart from efforts to lure hunters from other countries, SADC was also lobbying the US to reverse its decisions.
“We now have hunters from Russia and China coming to Zimbabwe and efforts are underway to ensure that more will come from these countries and others to hunt in Zimbabwe to ensure that the sector will continue running,” Kashiri said.
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Image: Elephant hunters in Zimbabwe