Liberia Reopens for Safari Hunting!


Published: July - 2012

Liberia is open to safari hunting once again! Steve Kobrine is the man behind the reopening, the same operator who reopened safari hunting in Ghana only four years ago. I've known for some time that Kobrine was quietly working in Liberia to establish a hunting program that would support conservation there and provide organized, smoothly-run hunting opportunities for international hunters. All that effort has paid off: the first safaris were conducted just last month. Hunting Report subscriber Tom Hammond was the first hunter into the country. Unfortunately a back injury prevented him from taking any game, but he spent some time on the phone telling me about the opportunity and what other hunters should expect. I'll share his report with you shortly, but first, here's what Kobrine told me in an email:

"After nearly three years of hard work I have finally gotten legal permission to conduct safaris in Liberia! I have a hunting area of just over 57,000 hectares (140,000 acres). It is a six-hour drive from Monrovia. We have managed to access a remote area; 12 log bridges had to be fixed over a 23-kilometer span, and then we had to hack an eight-kilometer road into an untouched area.

"It seems to be game-rich, with all of the Liberian rarities. My professional hunter, Dave Muller, recently found fresh Pygmy hippo tracks within a few hundred meters of camp. We will be hunting zebra duiker, water chevrotain, western bongo, Ogilby's duiker, black duiker, Maxwell's duiker, bay duiker, dwarf buffalo, giant forest hog, red river hog, civet, genet and golden cat. All of these animals are found in the area, and there is also a very good population of Jentink's duiker, which hopefully will thrive under our protection and may one day be exportable (they are now CITES I). Our area is an intact example of the West African (Upper Guinean) rainforest, and I am very excited that this hunting and conservation project can save this very unique diversity of animals.

"Zebra duikers, arguably the prettiest of all antelope, are there, and when I........(continued)

 
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