EXCLUSIVE: Locals say the hippo population in Zambia's Luangwa Valley is under threat with claims government 'cull' is actually a trophy hunting package deal money-spinner.
Deep in Zambia’s Luangwa Valley, pods of hippos are happily grunting at one another, the sound echoing across the river.
But soon, the Luangwa waters may run red with their blood – after the government announced 2,000 of them will be culled.
And trophy hunting operators look set to cash in, charging bloodthirsty tourists to help with the state-sanctioned slaughter.
Environment Secretary Michael Gove is said to be considering a ban on the import of trophies from “canned” lion hunting, where the animals are confined for a greater kill chance.
It is believed he will then look at banning imports of other hunting trophies.