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Game scouts in Zambia
receive an initial issue of clothing and equipment. When they wear
out, there are often no replacements. Game scouts in the North Luangwa
National Park (where Americans Mark and Delia Owens worked - authors
of "Cry of the Kalahari" and "Eye of the Elephant") were going bare
foot or making foot wear out of tire carcasses. Their "uniforms"
were tattered and torn and many had none at all. All 20 Ruger Model
77, Mk II, .308 rifles had broken stocks that were held together
by screws and wire and all rifle sights were broken. Malaria was
rampant and the scouts had no mosquito netting to sleep under. Poachers,
on the other hand, were well equipped with Soviet bloc AK-47 rifles
and seemingly unlimited supplies of ammunition.
Game Scout Awards
Few people recognize the often heroic job game scouts perform while carrying out their work under extremely harsh conditions of weather and danger. In 1993 WILDCON established an awards program to recognize game scouts who distinguish themselves in contacts with poachers. WILDCON renders appreciative awards to those men who demonstrate outstanding acts of bravery by issuing cash awards plus prized equipment such as Mini-Maglites and Swiss Army Brand "Swisschamp" knives.
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