Expanded Sanctions Against Zimbabwe; Elephant Ration Hunts For Sale


Published: September - 2008

In Zimbabwe, there's news of expanded US economic sanctions, increased poaching and the sale of elephant ration quota hunts in national parks. First, the new Executive Order by President Bush expanding sanctions against the Zimbabwean government sent a number of hunters and safari operators into a panic after our August issue went to print in late July. Rumors of a travel warning and an embargo against firearms proved incorrect, as the Order only expanded the existing Specially Designated Persons (SDN) list. The new additions include 17 Zimbabwean parastatals and one individual, along with a Zimbabwean safari company called Famba Safaris. Any American booked on a hunt with this company would be wise to reconsider his plans.

No matter who you're booked with for a safari to Zimbabwe, you'll want to review the updated list of banned persons and entities. Download it and send it to your operator. Confirm with him that he is not doing business with anyone on that list. You can access the list of individuals and entities newly added to the SDN list and read the President's Executive Order by going to the Zimbabwe Forum on our web site at www.huntingreport.com.

While there, you can read the 20 newly received reports from subscribers returning from safaris to Zimbabwe. Overall, they are quite positive about their hunting experiences and the security situation. Subscriber Randy Hopp returned in late August after 21 days in Zimbabwe with his 17 year-old daughter and says they spent two days in Harare sightseeing and dining in different parts of Harare. Not once did we feel threatened or need to look over our shoulders, he says. We never had any problems at roadblocks, or with police, guns or anything I would go back without any concern and would tell anyone on their way there that all seems fine. Several other subscribers offered similar observations. I checked in with Sally Bown, executive secretary of SOAZ, who says that despite continuing post-election upheaval, hunting continues without disruption.

That said, a number of returning hunters have reported a sharp increase........(continued)

 
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