Debunking the Myths: Only 3% of Revenues from « Trophy Hunting » Reach Local Communities
05 August 2020

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In the third edition of Debunking the Myths, we take a deeper look at international hunting and its socio-economic contributions to communities and livelihoods.

The myth, Only 3% of revenues from « trophy hunting » reach local communities, will touch upon a topic that may be familiar to readers.

The CIC has previously addressed and disproven the false claim suggesting that communities in hunting areas receive only « 3% » of hunting revenues.

In this infographic, we highlight the exact origins of the 3% figure, and also provide examples of the various direct and indirect benefits of international hunting.



  1. Jones B.T.B., Diggle R.W., Thouless C. (2015) From Exploitation to Ownership: Wildlife-Based Tourism and Communal Area Conservancies in Namibia. In: van der Duim R., Lamers M., van Wijk J. (eds) Institutional Arrangements for Conservation, Development and Tourism in Eastern and Southern Africa. Springer, Dordrecht.


  3. Spenceley, A., Snyman, S. and Rylance, A., 2017. Revenue sharing from tourism in terrestrial African protected areas. Journal of Sustainable Tourism, 27(6), pp.720-734.

Please click here to see the rest of the Debunking the Myths series, where we have compiled all of the “trophy hunting” myths that have been debunked.

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