Zambia bans hunting of big cats

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.