In Zambia, where hunting was closed earlier this year, the silence is getting downright eerie. Almost nothing about hunting is being mentioned in local papers, and all of our contacts there had nothing new to report. Seems there has been a recommendation to the president that the ban on international safari hunting this year be extended to residents as well. The move would be a good one in that it would help prevent some of the abuses that are foreseen later this summer, including the possible fielding of illegal safaris.
The big stumbling block in Zambia continues to be the government's preoccupation with the upcoming election for president. Will current President Frederick Chiluba push for a change in the constitution allowing him to run for a third term? If not, who will run? Until that question is answered, it is unlikely any action will be taken on the hunting closure, or on the shipment of those trophies that are being held by the government because of their entanglement in the Special License scandal.