Zimbabwe Hunters' Association (ZHA) was first established in 1947 by a group of wildlife enthusiasts and was originally called "The Southern Rhodesia National Hunters and Game Association". This changed to "Rhodesia Game Association" in 1971 and then "Zimbabwe Hunters' Association" in 1980. The Association was instrumental in the creation of the original Game Department by bringing pressure to bear upon the Government of that day, and this interest was recognized by Government which consulted the Association in the drafting of the first Wildlife legislation.
Hunting associations throughout the world not only take a keen interest in wildlife conservation, but frequently are leaders in environmental education for the youth. ZHA is no exception and in 1981 acquired a concession over the RIFA Safari Area of Hurungwe in the Zambezi Valley. This is where the RIFA Conservation Education Programme is run from and is used to give the Zimbabwe youth a 'hands on' bush experience.
The twin objects of game conservation and hunting naturally cover a wide field of associated activities and ZHA makes every endeavor to encourage interest in bush pursuits, whether hunting, bird shooting, game and bird watching or just plain camping in wild places away from the concrete jungles of modern civilization.
It is the opinion of ZHA that of all the bounteous natural resources of Zimbabwe, the wildlife is the most important and the most valuable. It may not be the most valuable in terms of money, but it has a value that far transcends materialism. It both arouses and satisfies atavistic and aesthetic instincts and other even more fundamental instincts which defy definition. Listening to the call of the lion and the cry of the fish eagle modern man can shed the burden of his civilization and attain a fleeting return to simple humanity.
Wildlife is our most precious heritage. Preserve it for ourselves and our prosperity.
We must and will - and the more easily if you will help!
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