By Barbara Crown, Editor-in-Chief
By now you are no doubt aware of the military coup that occurred in Zimbabwe on Nov. 14. The Hunting Report
sent Email Extra subscribers an email bulletin on Nov. 15, with a security update from sister company Ripcord Travel Protection advising hunters that it was, at that point, impossible to assess threat levels for travelers to that country.
As this is written, Ripcord's advice for travelers in Zimbabwe is to consider evacuation options or to shelter in place. "Avoid traveling roadways, and avoid military checkpoints or patrols, and large gatherings. Travelers with upcoming trips should consider canceling or rescheduling." Both US and UK embassies in Harare advised embassy employees and their respective citizens to shelter in place until the uncertainties of the situation were resolved.
At press time, Zimbabwe's 93-year-old president Robert Mugabe was under house arrest, while his wife, Grace Mugabe, reportedly had fled to Namibia. Zimbabwean military leaders were denying that a military coup had taken place but seized control of the national broadcaster ZBC, and tanks and soldiers were patrolling the streets of Harare in search of "criminals" threatening President Mugabe....