Five-year sentence for Zambian poacher
An employee of the Zambian Wildlife authorities has been convicted on charges of illegal wildlife product trafficking. His arrest is a result of the cooperation of the Zambian Department of National Parks and Wildlife, the Wildlife Crime Prevention Project and the Frankfurt Zoological Society.
At the time of his arrest, the 49-year-old was employed by DNPW as a Wildlife Police Officer and driver. Under the Zambia Wildlife Act, no. 14 of 2015, illegal possession of prescribed trophies such as cat skins have a penalty of between five and ten years for a first offender.
The illegal trade of Leopard skins is driven by a demand on the international black market. Leopard skins can be sold as finished skins for home decoration or use in the creation of luxury carpets. Locally, Leopards are hunted predominantly for their skin which is used in traditional ceremonies.
Zimba’s arrest was made as a result of an intelligence-led operation by DNPW, supported by the Wildlife Crime Prevention Project and the Frankfurt Zoological Society. DNPW, under the Ministry of Tourism and Arts, is dedicated to protecting Zambia’s wildlife and ensuring that wildlife criminals are put to justice.