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Zim company under fire for lion hunting raffle

Martin Nel Safaris is selling 100 raffle tickets for $1,500 each.

FILE. Hunters get the chance to win an 18-day safari, which includes a full lion trophy hunt plus buffalo, zebras and giraffe. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - A Zimbabwean safari company has come under fire for running a raffle which gives hunters the chance to kill a lion.

The lion raffle was started by the company that organises hunting tours in Zimbabwe, and the Bubye Valley Conservancy, which is a large wildlife conservation area in the south of the country.

Martin Nel Safaris is selling 100 raffle tickets for $1,500 each.

Hunters get the chance to win an 18-day safari, which includes a full lion trophy hunt plus buffalo, zebras and giraffe.

There's a non-hunting option of a photographic safari, which culminates in a lion being collared for research purposes, and its name being removed from the list of animals that hunters are allowed to kill.

The Lion Conservation Charity LionAid is shocked and appalled, saying the raffle takes the world of lion trophy hunting to a new low.