In Zambia, but there have been some cuts in lion and leopard quota. Areas that had three lions now have two, while areas that had seven now have five, etc. The extent of the quota cuts for leopard is not known at this point. The stated reason for the cuts, we understand, is ZAWA's decision to err on the side of caution because their population statistics are outdated and they have no funds to conduct urgent studies. Some observers think the government is trying to force outfitters and PHs to pay for and conduct the necessary population studies in their concessions. The idea is, once conclusive studies have been made, the quotas will be reinstated.
In the meantime, some operators say the cuts pose serious financial problems for them and they have taken the matter to court seeking an injunction. The operators hardest hit are those who sold lions in advance. Other operators favor the cuts and think they are long overdue. It is unclear just how this conflict will be settled. For sure, though, clients booked for lion in Zambia may want to make some inquiries.