SCI Delegates Take Three Jumbos


Published: September - 1998

A major development this month took place recently in Mozambique, where a delegation from Safari Club International on a special invitation safari has taken three elephants, two of them very good and one of them absolutely stupendous. The largest of the three weighed a mind-boggling 92 pounds and is thus one of the largest taken in Africa in recent years. The special safari, which has been mentioned in the pages of Safari Times, took place in the northern part of the country, in Cabo Delgado Province, where large elephants have long been thought to exist, at least in part because of its proximity to the Selous Reserve of Tanzania. The downing of the big elephants raises hope that jumbo exceeding the century mark may eventually be taken in the area. The safari company that hosted the Safari Club executives is Kambako Inv. Lda. of Maputo (Booking agent, Javier Meyer of Marco Polo in Madrid).

In a phone interview at press time, Meyer said Kambako has had the right to hunt a vast half-million-acre concession along the Lugenda River for two years now. He said he hoped the visit by Safari Club International Expedition, which had government approval and support, would result in the opening of elephant as early as next year. If it does open, he says some truly interesting ivory will be taken. Unfortunately, at this writing, the possible opening of elephant in Mozambique is of little interest to US hunters who are barred from bringing ivory in from this country. Knowledgeable sources say much work must be done if imports from this country are ever going to be approved. Meyer says the area has good lion, leopard, buffalo, kudu, eland, waterbuck, bushbuck, sable up to 41 inches and other animals.

The area is so good, according to Hunting Report subscriber Jose Marti of Madrid, one safari this year was not enough. After taking a "huge" leopard, two good buffalo and a warthog in June, he went back early this month. We hope to have a report on his return hunt next month. Marti says his two-week safari,........(continued)

 
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