Last summer, the Ebola virus outbreak in Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia affected the hunting and general tourism markets to southern Africa. At the outbreak’s peak in the second half of 2014, South African Tourism, a governmental agency, logged the most reliable statistics on travelers to the continent.
It was reported that more than 270,000 tourists had avoided visiting the country, and that the national air carrier, South African Airways, had plenty of empty seats–even though not one case of Ebola was ever discovered in the country, which lies 6,000 kilometers away from the health danger.
Now, fortunately, the outbreak is under control and far fewer cases are being recorded from the hot zones in equatorial Africa.
As reported in The Economist, a British news journal, a new Ebola vaccine that works called rVSV-ZEBOV has been developed by the Public Health Agency of Canada.
A recent field trial was conducted on more than 7,600 people in Guinea by a group of researchers from the World Health Organization and the Norwegian Institute of Public Health. Reported results from the trial, detailed in the Lancet, demonstrate the vaccine is probably 100% effective.
Continuing trials are ongoing in Guinea, and if they continue to prove promising, approval for general use will surely not be far behind. That news is good for everybody, including hunters, as equatorial Africa offers some very unique and collectible species for the sportsman or woman bent on visiting there when things get more back to normal.
For the traveling hunter, a number of desirable duikers are in Liberia including the bay, black, jentink, Maxwell, Ogilby and zebra. Don’t forget to collect the water chevrotain, as they live in Liberia too.
Next door in Guinea, the country is home to the red river hog and Maxwell duiker. All of those species are recognized by SCI’s Record Book of Big Game Animals.–Phil DeLone CEO Safari Club International