History Monday: BSAC – 1902 Game Regulations

BSAC enacted several regulations that sought to protect and simultaneously raid the treasures and resources of Zimbabwe

In 1891, the first steps towards nature conversation by the British South Africa Company commenced with the Game Law Amendment Act and the establishment of nature reserves.

In North Eastern Rhodesia regulations for the conservation of game were based on those prepared at an International Convention signed in London in May 1900. In 1902, the Game Regulations were enacted. The Administrator had the authority to alter the schedules generally or based on a particular district.

Animals were categorised into four schedules and the first three schedules required a licence. Schedule IV game required no licence as these were considered “noxious animals” which included; Lion, Leopard, Hyena, Hunting Dog, Otter, Baboon, Monkey, Snake, Python, Crocodile, Birds of Prey (excluding Vulture, Secretary Bird, Owl and Beefeater).

In addition to Game Licences, hunters were also required to obtain a Gun Licence & Permit.

North Eastern Rhodesia

1902 Game Regulations – Schedule I


Under Schedule I, hunters had to obtain an Administrator’s Licence. This licence was only granted in limited and special circumstances. It also allowed hunting in the Mweru and Luangwa Reserves (where it was generally unlawful to hunt).

The Administrator’s Licence cost £5 and allowed the capture, hunting or killing of the following animals:

  • On account of their usefulness:
    • Vultures
    • Owls
    • Secretary Birds
    • Rhinoceros Birds or Beefeaters.
  • On account of their rarity and threatened extermination:
    • Giraffe
    • Gorilla
    • Chimpanzee
    • Wild asses
    • White-tailed gnu
    • Little Liberian Hippopotamus
    • Mountain Zebra.

North Eastern Rhodesia

1902 Game Regulations – Schedule III

Game listed under Schedule III required a General Licence. The General Licence cost £2 and allowed the capture, hunting or killing of the following animals:

  • Hippopotamus
  • Wart-Hog
  • Bush Pig
  • Ibex
  • Chevrotains
  • Sable Antelope
  • Roan Antelope
  • Koodoo
  • Buffalo
  • Pookoo
  • Lechwe
  • Inyala



Rhodesian Study Guide

Available from: http://www.rhodesianstudycircle.org.uk/north-eastern-rhodesia-1902-game-regulations-schedule-iii/


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