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Friday, July 31, 2015

Africa Hunting Safari Tourism | Around 600 Lions Killed Each Year

Cecil the lion, hunting the African Big 5. Tourist hunters kill around 105,000 animals per year in Africa. The question remains if hunting safari tourism generates income for Africa or does it pay for itself.


Cecil the lion, hunting the African Big 5.
Cecil the lion, hunting the African Big 5.
Palmer allegedly lured Cecil out of Hwange National Park which is a protective reserve in Zimbabwe; shot Cecil the lion with a bow, tracked Cecil the lion for 20-40 hours, killed him then skinned and beheaded the 13 year old lion pride master, Cecil. The lion was collared and part of a study, after the kill the tracking collar was destroyed. Palmer allegedly paid $50,000 to hunt the lion with a crossbow near Hwange National Park in western Zimbabwe.

Eleven countries in Africa allow big game hunting in the wild
·        Benin
·        Botswana
·        Burkina Faso
·        Cameroon
·        Central African Republic
·        Ethiopia
·        Namibia
·        South Africa
·        Tanzania
·        Zambia
·        Zimbabwe

According to Wildlife Extra, around 18,500 tourist hunters go big game hunting in Africa every year. Hunts are organized by approximately 1,300 organizations that employ around 3,400 guides and 15,000 local staff. On average, a hunting safari organization will only have an average of 14.5 hunt clients per year and each guide will only take 5.5 hunters out annually. The question remains if hunting safari tourism generates income for Africa or does it pay for itself.



“Big Five” mammals are the elephant, lion, leopard, water buffalo, and rhino. According to Wildlife Extra Tourist hunters kill around 105,000 animals per year, including around 640 elephants, 3,800 buffalo, 600 lions and 800 leopards. Such quantities are not necessarily reasonable. It can be noted for example, that killing 600 lions out of a total population of around 25,000 which is 2.4%of the population is not sustainable. A hunting trip usually lasts from one to three weeks, during which time each hunter kills an average of two to ten animals, depending on the country. 

Zimbabwe started extradition proceedings and hopes the U.S. will cooperate, said Oppah Muchinguri, the African nation's environment minister. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are also investigating the circumstances of Cecil the lion's death.

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