He went on to say the international hunting community should be aware that Zambia is about to announce a major reorganization of the Department of National Parks and Wildlife. In effect, the wildlife department is going to be replaced by a quasi-private (or para-statal) organization that will be mandated to pay its own way. All hunting-related and wildlife tourism-related revenue will go straight to the new para-statal, bypassing the government entirely. Current wildlife department employees will be given the option of remaining in the government in new positions or applying for jobs with the para-statal. On the positive side, the new private entity should have more money at its disposal for anti-poaching and other projects, as its fund flows will be more open to outside audit. It will also be free to develop radically new hunting and tourism programs, perhaps even extending to the creation of hunting blocks within national parks. The latter idea, incidentally, has been seriously discussed.
On the negative side, the potential will exist under the new set-up........(continued)