In Zambia, some have proposed to import captive-bred lions from South Africa for the purposes of canned hunting. The effort has met with strong opposition. Phil Minnaar, chairman of the Professional Hunters Association of Zambia (PHAZ), says the organization's board unanimously voted to expel any Zambian PH who participates in a canned lion hunt. "It is not ethical or sportsmanlike," Minnaar told me. Besides that, he says there is a concern that the introduction of lions from South Africa will lead to a reclassification of Zambian lions. "Our lions are not in the same category as cats from South Africa or Namibia," Minnaar said. "We want to keep it that way."
PHAZ certainly has the ability to keep any PH from conducting these hunts, too. That's because all professional hunters who wish to work in Zambia are now required to be members of PHAZ. According to Minnaar, the association is now screening all PHs who wish to work in Zambia, and the government will not issue a PH license without a letter from the association confirming the applicant's acceptability. Hunters looking at a safari to Zambia can check on a professional's credentials by contacting PHAZ at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit their website at www. phazambia.com. Get in a good safari somewhere on the Dark Continent this season.