A study conducted by Lindsey et al. in 2013 shows that the estimated capital start-up cost of a game ranch in Zambia is in the range of USD 537 per hectare.
Throw in the start-up capital, and a 2,000-hectare piece of property would be approximately USD 1,500,000 – depending on the area and the distance from the capital city of Lusaka.
And then there is:
· Permits for the sale and transport of live animals
· A lack of a clear wildlife policy
· Barriers to game meat sales
· Subsistence bushmeat poaching
· Commercial poaching
· Erection and maintenance of game-proof fencing
· Agricultural subsidies competition
· Veterinary restrictions
Animal rights activists are the biggest threat to any wildlife endeavor; they are against any form of wildlife use.
So why bother?
Why not instead cut down all the trees, make charcoal, plow up the land, and grow crops?