By Barbara Crown
In recent years I've noticed a change in the reports coming from Ethiopia
, specifically, a significant slow down from our American subscribers. So when I received a handful of reports on two operators, it prompted me to contact them for their read on what's going on.
According to Jason Roussos of Ethiopian Rift Valley
Safaris, who still books out several years in advance, Americans made up 70 percent of the hunters going to Ethiopia only a few years ago. Now they make up about 30 percent. Partly, this may be the result of those trophy fee hikes implemented in 2009, when the fee for mountain nyala tripled to $15,000, or it may also be that the backlog of Americans wanting to collect a mountain nyala has cleared. Those going to Ethiopia now are either collecting some of the more exotic species or are the up-and-coming award seekers with the means and willingness to pay the much higher fee for nyala. Regardless, the effect is the same: fewer Americans hunting there....