TROPHY hunting revenues rose by 15 percent to US$28,8 million in the first two months of the current hunting period, from US$25 million during the same period last year, due to renewed interest in Zimbabwe game, according to official statistics. The hunting season, which begins in April and ends in November, has seen the lion and elephant accounting for the bulk of the bounty, figures from the Safari Operators Association of Zimbabwe (SOAZ) show. The majority of hunters are from the American market, which had avoided Zimbabwe since the controversial slaying of the iconic feline, Cecil the Lion, in July 2015, sparking global outrage from conservationists. SOAZ president, Emmanuel Fundira, said the industry expects annual trophy hunting earnings to surpass…