Anger over Zambia's plans to slaughter 2,000 hippos

15 February 2019

Wildlife lovers and conservationists have accused Zambia’s government of scheming to make money from trophy hunters after officials revealed plans to slaughter 2,000 hippopotamuses to control overpopulation.

An official at the tourism ministry, who did not want to be named, said a five-year cull of hippos in a park in eastern Zambia would start in May.

“Currently the hippo population in the South Luangwa National Park stands at over 13,000, but Luangwa can only cater for 5,000 hippos,” he said

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