Two serial cyanide smugglers and a habitual poacher were nabbed last week by a crack-unit of game rangers from Zimparks aided by members of the police force. Through intelligence, the crack-unit first apprehended one of the country’s most wanted poachers followed by the cyanide smugglers within a period of two days.
Zimparks spokesperson Mr Tinashe Farawo confirmed the development.
“We raided them at Guruve Hotel in Mashonaland Central province, Daniel Chidawo and Meadow Kamuchenje (ages not given) were found in possession of 7kg of cyanide poison,” he said.
“Jabulani Ndengeza (age not given) was arrested early this year after being found in possession of 20kg of ivory,” he said.
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VACANCY – RISK OFFICER (D3)
Applications are invited from suitably qualified and experienced personnel for the above challenging position.
Duties of the Position
The position which reports to the Internal Audit Manager and is based at Head Office requires a person with the following attributes:-
Interested candidates possessing the requisite specification are invited to submit their applications including up to date CVs to:
Human Resources Manager
Parks and Wildlife Management Authority
P O Box CY 140
Or hand deliver to Records Section on or before 22ndJune 2018
Third Meeting of African Experts of the World Heritage Committee ends today with comprehensive discussions on way forward on their deliberations..
For our country and for our wildlife and fauna we need to #BeatPlasticPollution #WorldEnvironmentDay. Zimparks gardens will host World Environment Day commemorations
The World Heritage Committee is an intergovernmental committee for the protection of natural and cultural heritage. Zimbabwe is hosting the 3rd meeting of the African Expects on the WHC from the 4th of June to the 8th 2018.
State parties attending are Angola ,Burkina Faso,Tanzania,Uganda. South Africa and Zimbabwe.The meeting is meant to discuss the agenda iterms in preparations of the 42nd session of the World Heritage Committee to be held in Manama Bahrain.
From Left to right – Mr. E. Katiyo, Ms.R. Makuva, Mr. C. Chaitezvi, Mr. D. Guri,
Ms. I. Mutize and Mr. Munetsi.
Zimparks rolls out 6 proffessional officers who graduated at Mushandike College of Wildlife in Para-Military skills training. The crew comprises 2 Female officers and 4 males from various disciplines. The function was graced by the Principal Mr. D Chitupa and guest of honour Mr. T. Kuguyo representing the Director General – Mr. F.U Mangwanya.
The team completed intense para-military skills training in the shortest period of time and it marks the entry of new blood, skill set in the organisation to achieve its future endevours.
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The second edition of the three nations Wildrun tourism expedition was successfully held in the Greater Mapungubwe Transfrontier Conservation Area (GMTFCA), with 80 tourists drawn from Sweden, Arizona and South Africa participating.
The GMTFCA is made up of national parks from Zimbabwe, Botswana and South Africa.
The Wildrun, which was held from Wednesday last week to Sunday, saw the number of participants doubling from 39 to 80 this year. The tourists had the opportunity to run following the treks of wild animals in the park for 90 kilometres.
South Africa’s Department of Environment marketing manager for national parks, Mr Roland Vorwek, said the event was aimed at developing community-based tourism.
Said Mr Vorwek; “This was a memorable event, we are very happy with the level of coordination and cooperation by stakeholders from the three nations. “The whole idea is to promote tourism in the TFCA, as well as develop community-based tourism. We are overwhelmed with the number of tourists who made it this year and are looking at making the Wildrun an annual event. It is also important for us to continue introducing new tourism products in the GMTFCA so that we boost arrivals throughout the year.”
Mr Vorwek said the participants traversed the three countries under the guidance of parks rangers from Zimbabwe, South Africa and Botswana.
He said they employed 18 people from the Maramani area to assist with logistical issues and camp management.
The tourists, who entered the country through a temporary tourism border, were based on the Zimbabwean component of the mega park, which is surrounded by communities.
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The Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) and the Zimbabwe National Parks and Wildlife Management Authority (Zimparks) are conducting joint operations meant to curb poaching around the country. It is believed that Zimparks is also pushing for a law that criminalises cyanide possession – a lethal chemical that is used to poison wildlife – especially in areas where there are no mining activities. Over the years, Hwange National Park has become the prime target for poachers who use cyanide to poison animals, especially elephants.
In an interview yesterday, Zimparks public relations manager Mr Tinashe Farawo said poaching declined markedly over the past four months, particularly in Hwange.
He noted that poaching activities had largely been contained as a result of support from the new political administration.
“Some of the reasons that have led to the decrease in poaching cases are that there is now political will from the highest office to deal with poaching,” said Mr Farawo.
“Since the coming in of the new leadership, poaching has been going down.”
Mr Farawo said so far this year, Zimparks had not received any reports of poaching involving cyanide poisoning or through use of rifles.
According to Mr Farawo, joint operations between police and the wildlife management body were being successful.
“We are having positive results and we are also embarking on awareness campaigns with the judiciary and various stakeholders,” he said.
“The judiciary has also been very supportive. We are, however, in the process of lobbying for a Statutory Instrument that will make it an offence to possess cyanide, especially in non-mining areas.”
Last year, 640 poachers were arrested across the country, of which 590 were locals and 50 were foreigners.
Also, 50 rifles and 112 rounds of ammunition were recovered.
It is understood that more than half the arrested poachers have since been convicted.
Statistics indicate that about 893 elephants were killed in Matabeleland North province between 2013 and 2016.
Zimbabwe has arguably the largest elephant population in Africa at 84 000, with the figure being 34 000 more than the country’s carrying capacity.
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