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HARARE, Dec 19 – Zimbabwe’s CAMPFIRE Association is compiling data to ascertain the effect which the United States Fish and Wildlife Service ban on imports of sport-hunted African elephant
trophies from this country will have on earnings for local communities.

CAMPFIRE is the Communal Areas Management Programme for Indigenous Resources, a Zimbabwean community-based natural resource management programme which is one of the first to consider wildlife as a renewable natural resource, while addressing the allocation of its ownership to indigenous peoples in and around conservation protected areas.]

The US wildlife department in April this year banned the importation of elephant trophies hunted in Tanzania and Zimbabwe citing questionable management practices, a lack of effective law enforcement and weak governance which it alleged had resulted in uncontrolled poaching and catastrophic population declines of the species.

It said anecdotal evidence, such as the widely publicized poisoning last year of 300 elephants in Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park, suggested that Zimbabwe’s elephants were under siege.

CAMPFIRE director Charles Jonga said here Thursday that finding other hunters to buy the hunts that the Americans abandoned following the ban had taken some time. “Hunts were still going on as recently as the past few weeks,” he said.

Jonga said compilation of the data could be completed by next week. Sport hunting involves selective hunting of wild game animals with the adult male of a species the most sought after trophy by wealthy foreign hunters.

Every year, hunters from mostly Western countries flock to Africa to kill prized animals such as lions, elephants, hippos and buffaloes for a trophy. Usually the hunters take the head in the case of lions, tusks for elephants, and skin for display in their homes or offices.

The hunters pay up to 200,000 US dollars for an animal, earning the country large amounts of revenue.
Communities under CAMPFIRE use the revenue from sport hunting to build infrastructure such as schools, clinics, roads and bridges.

SOURCE: NEW ZIANA

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