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Luangwa hippos await fate

THE fate of 2,000 hippos in the Luangwa River on the South Luangwa National Park still awaits a community sensitisation exercise before the culling of the animals can start.
Mabwe Adventures Limited is the company holding a five-year concession to cull the hippos.
The firm, with South African trophy hunters connections, is itching to commence the exercise after the concession was awarded in 2015.
To date, no single hippo has been culled under the concession because the precondition to the exercise, which is community sensitisation in Mambwe district, has not been undertaken.
Mabwe Adventures Limited is waiting for the sensitisation exercise by Government through the Ministry of Tourism and Arts for the surrounding communities before the mass slaughter can start for a period of five years.