Zambia: Hippopotamus

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 21st February 2019.

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Photo of David Crausby David Crausby Labour, Bolton North East

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he has made representations to his counterpart in Zambia on the proposed cull of hippos by trophy hunters on the Luangwa river.

Photo of Harriett Baldwin Harriett Baldwin Minister of State (Department for International Development) (Joint with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office), Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Joint with the Department for International Development)

​We are aware of the proposal for a cull of hippos on the Luangwa River in Zambia. Our High Commissioner has raised the matter with the Zambian Government. The importance of protecting wildlife was discussed with the Minister of Tourism and Arts at the October 2018 Illegal Wildlife Trade Conference in London. Our High Commissioner also discussed conservation issues with President Lungu in November 2018.

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