In the meantime, there is a lot of talk of elephant being open in Zambia, or about to be opened. We ran out of time at press time, trying to nail down just what the situation is. Suffice it to say, there are two issues involved here: the opening of elephant hunting in Zambia; and the legalization of trophy imports. It is the latter issue that interested hunters should pay close attention to. Almost certainly, US imports are not going to be allowed in the near future. Imports into Europe are likely to be ok. Our advice to US clients is to hold off putting money down on a 2005 elephant safari to Zambia until more is known. We will have more details next month. Or, if important news breaks sooner, we will issue a News Bulletin through our E-Mail Extra service. See our web site (www. huntingreport.com) for more details on our E-Mail Extra Service.
Still on the subject of Zambia, we have accumulated quite a few subscriber-written reports on 2004 safaris to this country, all of them positive. Here is a quick summary: Rod Gleave hunted with PH John DuPlooy, taking a buffalo, Lich- tenstein hartebeest, Cookson's wildebeest, crocodile and hippo. He says he could not get a male lion on a bait, although he did see eight different leopards feeding in the high grass. Subscriber Alvin H. Vaughn hunted with Leopard Ridge Safaris and did take a lion, as well as a leopard, Livingstone eland, sitatunga, lechwe and Cookson's wildebeest among other animals. He reports seeing lots of elephant, and says the Luangwa Valley is among the best game areas that he has enjoyed. Ron Mostyn, also hunted with Leopard Ridge Safaris, killing a leopard, sable, sitatunga and other species. Subscriber Mark Mills hunted with Pro Hunt Zambia in the Lunga Luswishi GMA, where he took........(continued)