INFOGRAPHIC Arguably killing Africa’s wildlife via trophy hunting in South Africa generates billions of Rand.
Thousands of lion, zebra, wildebeest, kudu, buffalo, impala, waterbuck even warthogs are killed by trophy hunters (primarily from the USA) each year. Looks like 2013, because of the good conversion rate, the industry saw a 32% increase, from $70.5 million to $100 million (according to the Department of Environmental Affairs.)
The infographic below shows the highest income generators as well as the numbers of the most popular animals hunted. How many of these were ‘true’ hunts out in the wilds according to what hunters like to call the ‘fair chase’ ethic versus canned hunts is not noted.
Either way the money spent is mind boggling and the numbers killed for fun, tragic.
Imagine for a moment if these trophy hunters set their egos aside. Instead of hanging a dead head on the wall they donated the money to the preserving of wild animals and their ecosystems and simply hung an amazing photograph of the animal on their wall?