Update On Uganda CITES Quota For Leopard


Published: June - 2008

Up in Uganda, you'll recall that a CITES quota for leopard has been established this year and the only safari operator in the country, Kaka Matama of Game Trails Safaris, has begun offering leopard hunts to mostly Danish clients booked through Holger Jensen of Jensen Safaris in South Africa (www.jensen safaris.com). We now know a total of 50 CITES permits have been made available in Uganda, of which 15 have been allocated to Matama's concession at Lake Mburu. Jensen says the other 35 permits will probably be used for problem animals in other parts of the country as the need arises.

In a previous report, I told you that one of Jensen's clients killed a problem leopard in Uganda last season (see photo in the Trophy Gallery section of our web site). Unfortunately, because there was no CITES quota at that time for Ugandan leopard, the hunter could not import the cat into Denmark.

Well, according to Jensen, three leopards have now been taken by his clients. We have posted a photo of the very first exportable leopard to be taken in Uganda in many years to the Trophy Gallery section of our web site. You'll note the cat is on the small side, but Jensen says there are some very large leopards in Uganda. Another client took a fine trophy that he hopes to get us a photo of, he says. As soon as we receive it, we'll post it to our Trophy Gallery.

Jensen says he has booked most of his Ugandan leopard hunts for 2009 already, but interested hunters should still contact him. Unfortunately, Ugandan leopards are not currently importable into the United States, although John J. Jackson, III, of Conservation Force has said he would help any American hunter who would like to try importing one.

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