Latest On Zimbabwe


Published: June - 2006

Next door in Zimbabwe, we are happy to report that there have been no new additions to the so-called banned list of individuals and entities with whom Americans are forbidden to do business. Moreover, we were told May 18th by our US State Department contacts that nothing of the sort was in the immediate pipeline. This suggests that the hunting industry may escape scrutiny by the US Treasury Department now, and that bodes well for the orderly unfolding of the 2006 season. For certain, we are going to keep an eye on this matter, however, and we will issue an immediate E-Mail Extra bulletin if any safari companies or safari operators get listed.

The good news on the banned list does not mean there isn't bad news to report. First, an Italian hunting client by the name of Gianpaolo Tarabini was trampled to death last month by an elephant while on safari to Zimbabwe with PH Claudio Chiarelli. We do not know what company Chiarelli was hunting with or where the safari was taking place. However, we do know the accident involved the simultaneous charge of two elephants. Chiarelli reportedly shot and killed one of the elephants but was unable to stop the second before it trampled Tarabini.

Tarabini, we have learned, was co-founder of a major fashion house in Italy called Blumarine. His daughter flew to Zimbabwe to retrieve his body after the accident.

The second bit of bad news is from Mokore Safaris, which lost a tracker recently in another confrontation with an elephant. We are indebted to subscriber Daniel Thomas for sending us a full report on the accident from the on-site PH, Pete Fick, who asked that The Hunting Report publish his account:

"I was on a leopard/plains game hunt with Mokore Safaris in the Save Valley Conservancy with regular client and good friend Steve Wilcox and his 22-year-old daughter, Melissa. It was Melissa's first trip to Africa, and she was actually doing the hunting.

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