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Zim auctions elephants, leopards

Zim auctions elephants, leopards

by Tobias Manyuchi     Friday 04 March 2011

HARARE – Zimbabwean wildlife authorities will today auction hunting packages 
for big game including elephants, lions and leopards with dozens of local 
and foreign hunters expected to take part in the auction.

The packages known as hunting camps consist of animal species packaged into 
bags to be hunted over a 10 to 14-day period in the Nyakasanga area of 
Hurungwe Safari and Sapi Safari in north-western Zimbabwe.

“The animals on offer include elephants, lions, leopards, buffalo, 
hippopotamus and plains game such as kudu, impala, waterbuck and birds,” the 
National Parks and Wildlife Authority said in a statement.

“A cash participation deposit of 10,000 USD for hunting camps and 500 for 
fishing camps will be required in order to obtain a buyer’s licence number 
which is refundable if all sale conditions are met,” it said.

The last auction in 2009 saw bidders coming from Austria, Germany, Russia, 
Spain and the United States. The country earned $1.5 million from the 

The wildlife department has sanctioned several hunts over the past decade 
especially as way to cull excess animals.

But illegal hunting has also been rife in Zimbabwe over the same period and 
mostly blamed on black villagers who have since 2000 invaded – and with 
tacit approval from President Robert Mugabe and his ZANU PF party —  
white-owned farms and game conservancies where they have been accused of 
poaching animals for food.

The situation has not been helped by reports of illegal and uncontrolled 
trophy hunting on former white-owned conservancies now controlled by 
powerful government officials and members of ZANU PF, although the 
government denies politicians are illegally hunting game and insists it 
still has poaching under control. – ZimOnline


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