The seven foreigners, including six South Africans and one Zimbabwean, were arrested in October this year in southern Zambia’s Monze district when Zambia Wildlife Authority (ZAWA) officers smashed a smuggling syndicate of animals and seized a specially equipped lift craft, vehicles, weapons and veterinary drugs.
The seven were arrested as they attempted to off-load the animals from a trailer and prepare to put them in the aircraft parked under trees near a dirt landing strip in the bush.
ZAWA Public Relations Officer Sakabilo Kalembwe said the seven foreigners pleaded guilty to 13 counts which included unlawful possession of prohibited articles namely wildlife and being in possession of ammunitions, among other charges.
The foreigners have since been fined 200,000 Zambian kwacha (about 20,000 U.S. dollars).
The animals were later delivered and released into Munda Wanga Sanctuary, south of Lusaka, the country’s capital for observation and rehabilitation but six of the animals died due to stress. Enditem