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Zambia lifts ban on safari hunting, but says will protect big cats

Published on Aug 27, 2014 10:58 PM
 
Zambia has lifted a 20-month ban on safari hunting because it has lost too much revenue, but leopards and lions - like these in the Okavango Delta in Botswana - will remain protected, the government said Wednesday. -- PHOTO: ST FILE 

LUSAKA (AFP) - Zambia has lifted a 20-month ban on safari hunting because it has lost too much revenue, but lions and leopards will remain protected, the government said Wednesday.

The ban was imposed in January 2013 over allegations of corruption in the awarding of government hunting concessions, and because of fears for the future of the country's population of big cats.

"We lost too much revenue following the ban on hunting and the Zambia Wildlife Authority (ZAWA) had a lot of financial problems," Tourism Minister Jean Kapata told AFP.

Hunting fees will be raised, she added, without providing details.

 
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