By Barbara Crown, Editor
In Zambia, the reopening of those 19 closed concessions remains stalled. You'll recall the ministry wanted wildlife population surveys before moving forward with the hunting allocations. (See Articles 3024
) Those surveys were conducted this past November, during the wet season when it is most difficult to spot game. I spoke with someone in direct contact with the pilots on those aerial counts. While it was difficult to see game, the trend is clear, he says. Pilots reported flying for two to three hours at a time without seeing much until they were over the national parks. Game numbers are way down in those closed concessions.
In addition to that, the corruption investigation that Minister of Tourism and Arts Sylvia Masebo launched into the allocations done in December 2012 has concluded......