Knowing what will happen in Zambia is particularly important this year because of the ambiguity about lion hunting in Botswana next year and the gathering storm clouds in Zimbabwe. Continuing subscribers know the Botswana government closed lion hunting this past year because of a brouhaha created by the offtake of problem lions, primarily in agricultural areas. At this point, all of the indicators point toward a reopening in 2002. In fact, Conservation Force's John J. Jackson, III, said lion quotas are already being drawn up for 2002.
We would be remiss not to mention a big jumbo we just heard about from this country. It weighed 84 x 81 pounds, and was taken by subscriber Norton A. Colvin, Jr. in the Kwaii area, on a safari outfitted by Chris Collins, booking agent J/B Adventures (303-794-4485). Congratulations, Norton A. Colvin, Jr.!