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Zambia lifts ban on wildlife translocation

21 May 2020, 23:59 GMT+10

LUSAKA, May 21 (Xinhua) -- Authorities in Zambia on Thursday announced the lifting of a ban on the capture and translocation of wild animals from protected areas.

Zambia banned the translocation of animals from protected areas in October last year after reports that some foreigners were getting the animals.

The government was forced to institute the ban after residents of Mfuwe district in Eastern Province blocked trucks carrying animals from leaving the area.

Minister of Tourism and Arts Ronald Chitotela said the decision to lift the ban has been made in order to promote transparency in the capturing and translocation of wildlife.

He told reporters at a press briefing that the government has put in place modalities and processes after reviewing the situation, adding that other stakeholders will be involved in the process.

The government, he said, was hopeful that the decision will help boost the tourism sector and help create jobs.

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