Ministry of Tourism and Arts has disclosed that it has recorded a decline of approximately 5,000 in wild animals in last three years.
Ministry of Tourism Public Relations Officer Sakaibilo Kalembwe has also disclosed that the report on the 2018 count of the common Hippo on the Luangwa River revealed a decline of about 800 Hippos from the previous count.
Mr. Kalembwe however said the report indicates that the current population stands at 12,498 Hippotami on a river stretch of 270km.
He said this is according to a report of the 2018 Kafue Lechwe population count on the Kafue flats conducted by the Department of National Parks and Wildlife with the support of World Wildlife Fund for Nature -WWF- and International Crane Foundation.
Mr. Kalembwe said the Lechwe population stood at over 28, thousand in 2015 now stands at over 23, thousand.