Barbara Crown, Editor-in-Chief
In our February issue we briefly told readers about Valerio Ventriglia's new operation in Zambia on the Sandwe GMA, Kantanta Hunting Safaris
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The Sandwe GMA borders South Lungwa National Park, with Lower Lupande GMA, Sable Ranch and Chisomo GMA as its neighbors. The owners of Sable Ranch, Sable Transport, previously held Sandwe until 2012 but decided not to renew their lease following Zambia's closure of cat hunting (which has since reopened). The area went overlooked in the major round of allocations, and Ventriglia signed a 10-year tender with the Department of National Parks and Wildlife (DNPW) in late 2016. Kantanta Hunting Safaris is a partnership between Ventriglia and his brother, Daniele. Before acquiring this lease they operated for several years in Tanzania's Kilombero and Selous Game Reserve. Ventrigliaalso worked previously as a PH with Fico Vidale of Vidale Safaris.
"In Sandwe we had to get a Community Resource Board established, but DNPW did not have the funds," says Ventriglia. "We paid for nominees from various communities to travel and meet so they could elect eight members to a new board."
Ventriglia and his brother Daniele employed resources from their family cement business to repair roads and bridges and to erect structures for operations, including adequate housing for rangers....