By Barbara Crown, Editor
The hunting season in Zambia
opened on May 1, but hunts on many of the remaining open areas had not started as I wrote this. You'll recall I reported in March (see Article 3046
) that there were still a number of areas available for hunting in Zambia, despite the closure of those 19 concessions up for reallocation. I am hearing about other problems with the Zambia Wildlife Authority (ZAWA), namely reduced quotas and inappropriate concession fees.
I have heard from two different operators who say they have decided not to operate this year due to the closure of lion/leopard and elephant, coupled with cuts to their other quotas but no reduction in their concession fees. One area had its buffalo quota cut in half. Others have also seen cuts but will be carrying out safaris nonetheless.......