African country Zambia bans the hunting of big cats

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Zambia has banned the hunting of lions and leopards because of a drop in the numbers of its big cats.

Until now, people in the southern African country could hunt the animals for sport.

But Zambia's tourism minister Sylvia Masebo said there are no longer enough cats for hunting purposes.

"Tourists come to Zambia to see the lion and if we lose the lion, we will be killing our tourism industry," she said.

Lions are found in all of Zambia's major parks, but their numbers are going down, with fewer than 4,500 lions in the whole country.

The number of leopards is unknown.

Neighbouring Botswana is also banning all sport hunting from 2014, while Kenya stopped hunting for sport decades ago.