Safari Tourism: Paying to Kill

When King Juan Carlos paid an estimated $60,000 to kill an elephant in Botswana, it caused a major political scandal. The recent shooting of Cecil of the Lion provoked headlines all over the world. But despite the global outrage, hundreds of Westerns come to South Africa every year to kill wild animals. In this film, we investigate the safari tourism industry.

For 15,000 euros, you can shoot a lion. A rhinoceros is 80,000 euros. Sometimes you can even choose the size and color of the animal. In this country, where 80% of wildlife lives on private land, the animals belong to farmers who raise them especially for hunting. As Jeff Rand, the hunting guide of Juan Carlos, states: ‘What he did was totally legal. It was a great hunt.’

And for those who don’t want to have to travel to Africa to kill a zebra, now the animals are being shipped to Texas so that they can be shot there.


  • Year: 2015
  • Duration: 52 mins
  • Production: Magneto Presse
  • Director: Olivia Mokiejewski
  • Available Versions: ENG, FRA
  • Country of production: France



  • Awards Prize of the Slovak Environmental Agency at the International Festival of Sustainable Development Films Ekotopfilm – Envirofilm 2016. Festivals EcoCup Environmental Film Festival 2016 (Russia); Ekotopfilm – Envirofilm 2016 (Slovakia); Cinemambiente (Italy). Matsalu Nature Film Festival 2016, (Estonia); Life After Oil Film Festival (Italy);

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