If you are among the handful of hunters worldwide who planned to take an elephant in Zambia this summer, be careful. The Zambian Professional Hunters Association (ZPHA) has asked us to point out that the legal instrument banning elephant hunting in that country many years ago may not have been rescinded. If that's true, the taking of an elephant in Zambia would be technically against the law.
The news probably does not affect US hunters, as we are not aware of anyone from the US planning to take a Zambian elephant until importability issues have been resolved. We should note here that most of the professional hunting community in Zambia is opposed to elephant hunting, and the above announcement may be related to that opposition. It's entirely possible that the legal bar to elephant hunting will be lifted shortly, if indeed it exists at all. In the meantime, though, the above warning should be taken very seriously. More details as we receive them.