What occasions this re-mention of Usangu's melt down is news that Zahir Mulla has re-emerged with a new operation called EuroAfro (firstname.lastname@example.org) and has secured two concessions: Kimisi Game Reserve in western Tanzania and Liparamba Game Reserve in the far south. Mulla plans to operate safaris in these hunting blocks and told me that he will use the profits from those safaris to make his past clients whole. He says he will pay the outstanding fees to get trophies released and is working with the government to provide replacement hunts for any client whose trophies were damaged during storage. In fact, he says he has successfully reduced the balance of fees owed from $200,000 in December 2007 to $87,000, and is bent on clearing his name.
At least one Hunting Report subscriber who contacted me was eager to see Mulla make a go of it, and I've heard that Mulla has gotten several clients' trophies released and in shipment. Because of an abrupt split with his booking agent, who handled all his bookings from 2006 on, Mulla says he is missing information on some clients. If you are among those clients who never got their trophies or whose 2008 hunt never took place, you may want to contact Mulla to work something out.
As for his hunting areas, they were blocks leftover in the allocation process. Kimisi borders Rwanda in the west and Burigi Game Reserve in the east. Mulla says the species there include buffalo, elephant, lion, leopard, eland, sitatunga, roan, topi, crocodile, hippo and zebra. "I have visited Kimisi," Mulla told me. "We actually saw 150-plus elephant, 500 buffalo, 300 eland, 14-foot crocodiles, two lion prides with more than five........(continued)