Next Door In Zambia


Published: February - 2007

Next door in Zambia, as this issue went to press, we received some very contradictory information about the future of Leopard Ridge Safaris, the South African company that won the right a while back to hunt Nyam- pala, one of the important corridor concessions between North and South Luangwa National Park. Leopard Ridge, you'll recall, had its contract to hunt Nyampala cancelled abruptly in the middle of the season last year. Since then, the matter has been in the courts, where it still remains.

Last month, on the eve of the SCI Convention, we began to receive reports that Leopard Ridge had won a court injunction allowing it to hunt this year. To check that out, we called Dr. Lewis Saiwana, Director General of Zambia Wildlife Authority, who said that the reports were false. Leopard Ridge is not authorized to market hunts in Zambia, as it does not have a hunting area here, Saiwana said flatly. They have not won their area back.

Reached in Zambia with that news, Ross Michelson of Leopard Ridge immediately fired an e-mail off to us saying he had indeed won a court injunction allowing him to hunt Nyampala until the larger court case is settled. Moreover, he says he received an e-mail from Saiwana on the 18th of January (that would be the day after we spoke to Saiwana), inviting him to apply for his 2007 quota for Nyampala. Michelson concluded his e-mail by saying he fully intended to sue Saiwana for contempt of court if he made any more attempts to interfere with his right to hunt Nyampala.

Who is right here? What is going to happen? We do not pretend to know how a conflict between these two power centers in Zambia ZAWA and the courts will be resolved. We publish the details of all this so hunters interested in Nyam- pala this year will be able to ask the right questions. Likely as not, by the time you read this, the dispute will be settled. For sure, we will post what we know........(continued)

 
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