The situation in Zimbabwe

From the Zimbabwe Parks & Wildlife Management authority:

 

The following areas remain on suspension with respect to hunting of wildlife: Antoinette and Antoinette Farm, Railway Farm 31, Umuguza and Kusile Rural District Councils, pending outcome of the court processes.      

The suspension of wildlife hunting in all other areas outside the parks estate has been lifted with immediate effect and on the following conditions. All lion, leopard and elephant hunts should be accompanied by parks staff whose costs will be met by the land owner.

Additional conditions of hunts outside the parks estate are outlined below:

•   That all lion, leopard and elephant hunts be conducted if confirmed and authorized in writing by the Director-General of the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority, and only if accompanied by Parks staff whose costs will be met by the land owner.

•   Individuals involved in the illegal hunting activities are banned from hunting for life as they tarnish the image of the hunting industry and the Authority and the country at large and their actions border on economic sabotage.

•   All sport hunting is suspended on Antoinette and Antoinette Farm, Railway Farm 31, Umuguza and Kusile Rural District Councils pending outcome of the court processes.

•   Bow hunting for big game including lions is stopped with immediate effect and that no such hunting is conducted unless it has been confirmed and authorized in writing by the Director-General of the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority only up to the end of this season. Such hunts will need to be accompanied by Parks rangers whose costs will be met by the land owner.

•   Stop hunting of collared iconic animals pending amendment of the current hunting regulations.

Reintroduce a system whereby animals to be hunted are declared before commencement of the hunt and reconcile offtake against balance on quota (pre and post hunt returns).