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Calls to fully exploit wildlife based land reform

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Communities in Matabeleland have been called upon to fully exploit the wildlife based land reform programme and empower themselves through the lucrative safari hunting and game viewing projects facilitated by the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority (Zimparks).

Matabeleland is endowed with wildlife resources with Matabeleland North Province being the bastion of the big five and also the prime safari hunting area in the country.

However, communities in the region are grappling with the challenge of human wildlife conflict which can be addressed if resources are availed.

The issue of human wildlife conflict is a result of failure by authorities to share the proceeds of game farming through safari hunting with people who live within these areas, said the director general of Zimparks Mr Fulton Mangwanya.

Addressing people in the Mtshabezi area of Matobo, Mr Mangwanya said beneficiation on wildlife resources by communities is a top government priority.

Mr Mangwanya whose institution donated 50 000 Nile tilapia fingerlings to the Mtshabezi fishing community said they will continue to work with rural communities to ensure that they fully benefit from the exploitation of the available natural resources.

His comments come at a time that the Matabeleland Economic Forum through the Livestock Farmers Union has proposed the establishment of new wildlife conservation areas that will be managed by communities through the chiefs where 15 percent of revenue generated will be used to establish a compensation fund for those whose animals and crops are destroyed by animals.

This proposal which has been well received by chiefs could be the panacea to human wildlife conflict.

Two elephants killed in suspected cyanide poisoning

Jul 19, 2017 |

Two elephants have been killed in a suspected case of cyanide poisoning around Hwange National Park.

The carcasses of the two jumbos were discovered on Monday by anti-poaching officers.

The Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority (Zimparks) confirmed the suspected cyanide poisoning case after officers who were on patron around Hwange National Park noticed the carcasses of two adult elephants.

The case has since been reported to the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) which is now conducting further investigations, while a task which was removed from one of the elephants has since been recovered.

Zimparks Public Relations Manager, Mr Tinashe Farawo said the suspected cyanide poison was administered on the saltlick, adding that the recovered task has been sent for safekeeping while 150 anti-poaching unit officers have been deployed to deal with the emerging poaching cases.

Mr Farawo added that the authority in collaboration with other government agencies is working tirelessly to reduce cases of poaching with cumulative figures for 2017 indicating a downward trend compared to last year.

Recent reports from Zimparks show that between January and June 2017, a total of 14 elephants were lost due to poaching activities.

During the recently held third Defence and Security Chief Meeting hosted by Zimbabwe, member countries were challenged to domesticate the SADC law enforcement and anti-poaching strategy.

PHOTOGRAPHIC SAFARI CONCESSIONS AUCTION.

Duly instructed by the Director General, of the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority (ZPWMA), Desired Liaison Auctioneers will be conducting a

PHOTOGRAPHIC SAFARI CONCESSIONS AUCTION.

VENUE: Cresta Lodge, Sango Conference Room, Harare.

DATE: Friday the 6th of October 2017 at 10:30hours

ON SALE: PHOTOGRAPHIC SAFARI CONCESSIONS AUCTION

AVAILABLE SITES

  1. View Point in the Victoria Falls National Park
  2. Fothergill Island on Lake Kariba under Matusadona National Park
  3. Popoteke Picnic site in Kyle Recreational Park
  4. Bompst in Kyle Recreational Park
  5. Matoa Pan in Hwange National Park
  6. Bumbusi Site under Sinamatela Camp in Hwange National Park
  7. Robins Camp Chalets, Lodges and Restaurant in Hwange National Park
  8. Deteema Camp in Hwange National Park
  9. Tshakabika under Sinamatella Camp in Hwange National Park
  10. Dabashuro under Sinamatella Camp in Hwange National Park
  11. Glenclova in Kyle Recreational Park
  12. Fishermen’s Creek in Kyle Recreational Park
  13. Mashayeni in Mana Pools National Park
  14. Kasawe Spring in Mana Pools National Park
  15. Mashuma Pan in Mana Pools National Park
  16. Lake Front Picnic Site in Lake Chivero Recreational Park

CONDITIONS OF SALE

  1. A participation deposit of USD$20,000.00 (twenty thousand United States dollars) for all sites will be required to obtain a buyer’s card.
  2. The deposit is refundable if all sale conditions are met.
  3. Payment is strictly Cash or Bank Transfer.
  4. Registration fee of $50.00 will be paid to PWMA through the auctioneer.
  5. Prospective bidders are encouraged to visit the sites to familiarize themselves with the attractions that are available on the sites.

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Zimparks guns down hippo in Nyanyadzi

August 31, 2017August 31, 2017
Inset from Zimpapers. THE Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority last week shot dead a hippopotamus that was damaging winter wheat in Nyanyadzi. The hippo, which had a calf, is believed to have escaped from Save Conservancy. ZPWMA ordered the shooting of the hippos after traditional leaders in the area reported that it was damaging crops and endangering lives. ZPWMA officer, Mr John Danfa, said they were still hunting for the calf which is believed to have found habitat along Save River. “Usually hippos move up and down rivers during the rainy season. We believe the two escaped from Save Valley Conservancy. They were both females and they do not usually click if there is no male. “They are believed to have separated. We received reports from traditional leaders in Hot Springs and Nyanyadzi that these hippos were feeding on wheat and crops in their fields.” “People’s lives were endangered so the authorities ordered its killing. The first time we attempted to kill it, it was in the company of so many cattle and could not do anything. Our officer teamed up with villagers to track it until last week when it was shot down in Nyanyadzi”. The officer is said to have fired 12 shots before the hippo died. The meat was shared by villagers. One of the villagers in Dirikwe village, Mr Tapiwa Munyati, said: “This hippo was becoming a threat to human lives in the area. It was being spotted near homes at night. “There are vegetable gardens along one of Save River’s tributaries where it was being spotted.“We were told that hippos do not like light and the danger was that lives would have been lost.” “A villager survived death by a whisker recently when the hippo strayed into his homestead.“He went out of his house to investigate when his dogs were barking. He had a torch and the hippo advanced towards him. “Fortunately he managed to escape the attack and notified other villagers and the village head. We are appealing to the responsible authorities to make sure that the remaining one is also killed,” said Mr Munyati.