New Tanzania Wildlife Act And Hunting Regulations Announced


Published: November - 2010

News of the new Tanzania wildlife Act and hunting regulations reached me just days before this issue went to press. An official document had not been printed yet and was not expected until after the elections on October 31. That said, I managed to get a summary of the new regs. Because these are not official, I will not distribute them, to avoid creating any confusion. However, there are three items that jump out. First is the development that all hunting blocks will now be categorized from I-V, with block fees assessed according to the category. Category I blocks will be the most expensive. I don't yet know the criteria behind the categories, but you can expect this to tie into safari prices (and corresponding quality) as fees for a Category I block are 100 times more than for a Category V block.

The other interesting development is that safari operators will be required to post a $10,000 trophy fee deposit to the Wildlife Department before the season starts. One can't help but wonder if this is supposed to address situations like that created by Usangu Safaris, which collected trophy fees from dozens of hunters but never paid the government for them. (Despite promises from both Zahir and Abdul Mulla, former proprietors of Usangu, that they would get the trophies released, I still have a list of Hunting Report subscribers waiting for trophies they hunted with Usangu several years ago. Of course, $10,000 isn't nearly enough to cover Usangu's over $100,000 in outstanding trophy fees.)

And lastly, the hunting season in Tanzania has been extended through March 31, starting in 2011. At one time the hunting season ran through March, but the government shortened it when some operators overshot their quotas and companies without northern blocks complained that they were not benefiting from the long season. When the possibility of extending the season again came up last year, TAHOA (Tanzania Hunting Operators Association) asked that the quotas not be increased as well. The government agreed.

One advantage to an extended season is that it covers........(continued)

 
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