Ethiopia Charges $15,000 for Sport Hunting

Ethiopia is now charging up to $15,000 for sport hunting. Visitors from all over the world are drawn to Africa for wildlife hunting, with Namibia, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, and South Africa being prime destinations.

Ethiopia also offers legal hunting of wild animals, as managed by the Ethiopian Wildlife Development and Protection Authority, which has developed a comprehensive system for this purpose.

Daniel Worku, head of the wildlife use desk at the authority, told Al-AIN that legal wildlife hunting is conducted in four Ethiopian regions: Oromia, Afar, Somali, and southern Ethiopia.

The country allows the hunting of 54 species, including lions, tigers, and mountain deer, while 48 species, such as the Walia Ibex, elephants, and wolves, are protected from hunting.

According to Mr. Worku, the animals permitted for hunting must meet specific criteria: they must be male, old, and have low biological value if left alive.

The fees for hunting these animals range from $50 to $15,000, with deer hunting being one of the most expensive at the maximum fee.

In contrast, hunting a hedgehog is among the lowest-cost legal hunts.

If a hunter kills an animal not permitted for hunting, they must pay double the fee initially paid, Mr. Daniel added.

Ethiopia has issued licenses to six private wildlife hunting organizations, and foreign hunters must submit their requests through these safari organizations.

Lions and tigers, considered among the most dangerous wild animals, are also available for legal hunting, with fees set at $4,000 and $4,600, respectively.

Mr. Worku noted that 90 percent of hunting visitors to Ethiopia come to hunt mountain deer.

In the first nine months of the 2023/24 year, Ethiopia earned 90 million birr from legal wildlife hunting.

However, security issues in the country have hindered visitors from fully benefiting from the hunting opportunities.

Mr. Worku mentioned that the current wildlife hunting ordinance, issued in 2009, is being revised to reflect current economic conditions and improve pricing.

By ethionegari@gmail.com

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