October 23rd Update: Victory! This morning, The Zimbabwe Professional Hunters and Guides Association issued a statement that Wayne Dietrechsen, the owner of Jimba Safaris, who had a permit to hunt a lion outside of Hwange National Park, has officially cancelled the hunt and lion safari.
“We have no shortage of supporters on the ground in Zimbabwe, monitoring his concession to make sure that this hunt does not take place. Trophy hunting is a dying practice, as it should be, and those who provide safaris that preserve and protect these magnificent animals will continue to flourish,” Mark Robinson, Founder of Cecil The Lion group, told WAN. “It is time to relegate trophy hunting to the trash heap of human history where it belongs.”
The collaboration of World Animal News, Peace 4 Animals, and Cecil The Lion group, along with the action taken by animal advocates worldwide, helped bring this would-be travesty to an end. Together, we can make a difference!
October 22nd Update: This morning, WAN talked to Wayne Dietrechsen with Jimba Safaris in Zimbabwe. When questioned about the reported lion hunt next month, Dietrechsen denied that it was scheduled to take place, noting that “there is nothing in writing about it.”
However, yesterday, WAN spoke with The Safari Connection who confirmed the hunt, even claiming that approval was received by the Zimbabwe government. The Safari Connection, which calls itself “the ultimate source for classic hunting safaris,” states on its website that it “assists” booking people for safaris for hunting outfitters including Jimba Safaris.
As of this morning, Jimba Safaris’ website is down.
WAN will continue to update this story as it develops.