portrait of two lions resting

Zambia’s safari hunting ban has been lifted after 20 months by tourism minister Jean Kapata in an effort to boost tourism and address the countries financial problems.

“We lost too much revenue following the ban on hunting and the Zambia Wildlife Authority (ZAWA) had a lot of financial problems,” Kapata said.

Kapata added that hunting fees will be raised and that lions, leopards and elephants were not included in the lift.

“Hunting will be conducted under laid down conditions and strict supervision from ZAWA. But the ban on big cats still stands,” said Readith Muliyunda, ZAWA communications and public relations officer.

“Contrary to blatant misinformation reports on social media and some sectors of the media that the hunting ban on elephants has been lifted, ZAWA would like to inform members of the public and the international community that this is not the case,” Muliyunda recently added.

The ban was implanted by former minister Sylvia Masebo in January 2013 to help big cats repopulate after all time low numbers. Current lion populations are estimated between 2,500 and 4,500.

Before the 2013 ban, almost everything could be hunted, including the Vervet monkey and the Nile crocodile.

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