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Zimbabwe Parks & Wildlife Management Authority ranger Alfonce Mupuwa from Chirisa National Park was admitted at a local hospital following an attack by a Buffalo. Mr Mashingaidze (Zimparks HR)  presented a Christmas hamper on behalf of  The Director General Mr. F.U Mangwanya. Zimparks family wishes him a speedy recovery.

200kg Malaysia-bound ivory intercepted at RGM Airport

At least 200 kilogrammes of ivory worth over half a million dollars was intercepted at the Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport on Monday, while destined for Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The Zimbabwe National Parks and Wildlife Authority (ZimParks) confirmed the interception yesterday and said it is on high alert. The owner of the ivory, which was boxed, was still not known by yesterday. The interception of the loot followed a joint operation by parks and security agencies at the international airport.

ZimParks spokesperson Mr Tinashe Farawo confirmed the development in an interview with The Herald yesterday. Investigations to track down the criminals behind the attempted smuggling of the ivory were underway. The Herald is reliably informed that the net is fast closing on the suspects.

“The Zimbabwe National Parks and Wildlife Authority officers at the Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport, working with other security agencies, on Monday intercepted 200kg of ivory destined for Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia,” said Mr Farawo.

“Efforts to get the owner are underway.” Mr Farawo said the case had since been handed over to the Zimbabwe Republic Police. “The matter has been handed over to the ZRP Border Control and Minerals Unit,” he said. “As parks, we are on high alert. We will not allow such illegal activities to happen and this is in line with President Mnangagwa’s policy of zero tolerance on corruption.

“We are excited that we are moving in line with the Head of State and Government. I can assure you, we will get to the bottom of this matter, as the net is closing in on the culprits.” The country has 84 000 elephants, which it considers too many, but is unable to sell ivory due to CITES restrictions. Poaching has seen a good number of elephants being killed through shooting or poisoning using cyanide.

A total of 893 jumbos were poached between 2013 and 2016. Out of this number, 249 elephants were killed through poisoning using cyanide or shooting. – (insert from Zimpapers).

President pays Zimparks a visit

President Emmerson Mnangagwa yesterday paid a visit to the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority to familiarise himself with the operations of the organisation. Addressing journalists after the tour, Zimparks director-general Mr Fulton Mangwanya said they invited the President to appreciate their operations. “We invited him to see what we are doing as national parks,” he said.

“As you know, the national parks is part of the cog of tourism and as you know the President is on the drive to make sure that tourism picks up. Visitors come here for the heritage that we have and what we are doing is to push up tourism so that we benefit as a country.”

Mr Mangwanya said they had also introduced the President to Akashinga, an all-female team of rangers from Nyamakati in Hurungwe.

“We have these ladies who are doing a task which was usually done by men and it’s so encouraging because in a lot of communities we actually have a lot of these ladies who are doing nothing and they actually assist in the conservation of our wildlife resources and it goes a long way in preserving our animals,” he said.

The women were trained with the assistance of a non-governmental organisation to carry out community conservation and improve their livelihoods. Meanwhile, Mr Mangwanya said investigations into the origins of the ivory that was intercepted at Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport recently were ongoing.

Zimparks intercepted 200kg of Malaysia bound ivory valued at $1 million. A number of poachers have been arrested or killed in shoot-outs with Zimparks rangers in the country’s wildlife reserves. Several elephants have been killed by poachers through cyanide poisoning, especially in Hwange. – (inset from Zimpapers)


The United States’ decision to lift its moratorium on the importation of elephant trophies from Zimbabwe and Zambia isa recognition that people have a fundamental right tobenefit from the sustainable use of their natural environment. Where African nations have employed trophy hunting as part of holistic conservation programs, the rural poor have been given a hand-up out of poverty while allowing wildlife to thrive. Countries that practice sustainable utilization have increasing wildlife populations and vice-versa for countries that are for preservation. Thus where hunting has been banned, the militarization of conservation has increased and with it, credible allegations of human rights abuses. By embracing the former, and rejecting the latter, the United States can continue to live up to its reputation as a global promoter of not only economic opportunity and civil liberties, but of sustainable wildlife conservation as well.

By any standards, Zimbabwe has a proud history of successful elephant conservation. Elephant populations in most parts of Africa were reduced to very low numbers by the late 19th Century.  In 1897 approximately 100,000 tonnes of ivory was exported from Africa. In 1900 it was feared that elephants might become extinct south of the Zambezi River. Using historical accounts of elephant numbers, backward extrapolations based on population growth rates, and known levels of elephant kills, it is unlikely that Zimbabwe held more than 4,000 elephants in 1900.  More than one hundred years later, in 2014, this number had increased twenty-fold to nearly 83,000 elephants despite attempts to limit elephant population growth between 1960 and 1989 by culling 45,000 elephants in Tsetse control areas and state protected areas. The primary rationale for limiting elephant numbers in protected areas was to reduce their impact on woodland habitats and the loss of plant and animal species as result of elephant-induced habitat change/undesirable modifications that are not in line with our biodiversity conservation objectives. Elephant impacts on woodlands and associated biodiversity losses are still a concern today. Between 1990 and 2006 elephant populations grew exponentially, however, such growth has since been limited by an escalation in illegal harvesting.  Nevertheless, the overall population in the country remains at more than 83,000 elephants, which is more than twice the national target population envisaged (ecological carrying capacity) in the 1980s. Elephants are indeed a charismatic species but they can also be very destructive when they destroy crops, threaten livestock and even human lives are lost.

The mandate of Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority, being a successor Department of National Parks and Wildlife Management is to conserve Zimbabwe’s wildlife heritage through effective, efficient and sustainable protection and utilisation of natural resources for the benefit of present and future generations. It was established under the Parks and Wildlife Act of 1996 (Chapter 20.14) as amended in Act No.19 of 2001 which came into operation in 2002 through statutory instrument 144C of 2002. The Authority’s mandate therefore extends beyond the protected area network covering communal land, private wildlife conservancies, as well as the network of 6 Transfrontier conservation Areas (TFCAS). The rational behind establishment of the Authority was to allow it to retain the revenue that it generates for the purpose of funding it’s operations (a self-funding mechanism) and therefore reducing dependency on Treasury. Having such an awesome responsibility and status as a parastatal necessitated the introduction of a commercial dispensation and putting in place effective revenue generation and financial management systems to fulfil the Authority’s mandate whilst protecting the rights of our indigenous local communities to sustainably utilise their wildlife resources. Inside the State protected areas the Authority is responsible for implementation of the protected area specific Management Plans which include resource protection, ecological monitoring, research, managing tourism developmental impacts on flora and fauna. On the other hand the Authority also oversees the implementation of a scientifically-sound and inclusive participatory quota setting process, educations and awareness initiatives, problem bird control, different types of patrols  (local, extended, strategic and other specific operations to combat wildlife crime), problem animal management, monitoring hunting concessions and offering technical and professional assistance. The safari hunting industry (legal harvesting) plays a significant role in through generation of revenue that support all conservation activities inside and outside the protected areas in Zimbabwe.

To secure the future of keystone species such as elephants, all wildlife must have value.  Value to the governing authorities and to the local communities so that people appreciate wildlife as a form of land use. The greater the value, the greater the tolerance by local communities. The local people who live with wildlife determine the long-term survival of species like elephant. Regulated sport hunting converts wildlife into assets (and their habitat as competitive land use option) for the benefit of local people and the country as a whole.  Wildlife can be a most valuable asset and in turn empower local communities in sustaining livelihoods and provide basic necessities as we have witnessed in Zimbabwe.  It is indisputable that when wildlife is viewed as a valuable asset, it becomes an economically competitive land use in which often leads to habitat preservation instead of habitat destruction and conversion to agriculture or livestock production. Wildlife have a survival advantage because of user-pay stewardship systems where use revenue generated from tourist hunters is paid through to wildlife authorities and local communities.

The presence of regulated hunting can also reduce illegal activities.  Many hunting operators in Zimbabwe have specialised anti-poaching units in Safari areas surrounding communal areas.  Regulated hunting is the opposite of poaching.

Trophy hunting revenues are vital because there are not enough tourists to otherwise generate income to support all protected areas.  Eco-tourism revenues are typically sufficient to cover the costs of only some of the parks and certainly not to justify wildlife as a land use outside of protected areas.  Hunting is able to generate revenues under a wider range of scenarios than eco-tourism, including in remote areas lacking infra-structure, attractive scenery, or high densities of viewable wildlife.

Consequently, elephant and other wildlife populations will be negatively affected through reduced conservation efforts arising from low funding and reduced goodwill from the communities, when in reality the elephant has the economic potential to raise adequate funds to support itself and other species.  For these reasons, Zimbabwe confirms its commitment to the sustainable use of elephant and other wildlife in this Action Plan.

Zimbabwe’s innovative Communal Areas Management Program for Indigenous Resources, or CAMPFIRE, has had a well-documented, positive impact on that nation’s people and wildlife. This community centred program works in 37 Rural Districts that because of their lack of scenery and infrastructure, and abundance of physical risk, are not viable for photo tourism. Communities receive a share of trophy hunting revenues, an average of 50%, which is then used by Rural District Councils to build infrastructure, increasing access to health care, education and economic opportunity and to pay salaries for local people working in anti-poaching, sustainable agriculture development and other life-sustaining and life-changing enterprises.  According to a report from the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) households in participating communities saw their incomes increase between 15% and 25%, a significant amount anywhere, but especially in a country consistently ranked as among the world’s poorest.

The CAMPFIRE program has also had a positive impact on elephants.  Because of the economic incentives and drivers created by trophy hunting, approximately 83,000 elephants roam Zimbabwe today inside and outside Protected Areas, making the country home to the 2nd largest elephant population in Africa and the whole World. Of these, less than 1% are killed by trophy hunters each year giving the species room to continue to thrive, whilst the mean annual population growth is at 4.5%. Trophy hunters hunt old lone male elephants that are not part of breeding herds.

To the north, in Kenya, which banned all hunting in 1976, officers with the Kenya Wildlife Service have amassed a long record of suspected human rights abuses.  These include extrajudicial executions and opening fire on unarmed protestors, killing 1 and wounding 12, who took to the streets after KWS officers allegedly kidnapped and killed 3 people. While some may argue these draconian measures are necessary to protect Kenya’s elephants and other wildlife, the fact remains that since the hunting ban went into effect, the nation has lost 70% of its native wildlife according to published papers in peer reviewed journals. (Ogutu et al, 2016)

The experience is clear that what follows hunting bans or suspensions is not the peaceful Eden sold by their advocates but rather increases in violence coupled with decreases in civil rights, economic mobility and decimation of wildlife populations.  In an Africa of 1.2 billion people with rapidly emerging national economies, centrist policies that view people as part of the natural world embrace the sustainable use of biodiversity, and recognise trophy hunting as an indispensable partner of photo tourism, have proven themselves capable of delivering both healthy wildlife populations and human dignity. The United States should use its position and its institutions to further such policies or further risk losing its reputation as the international champion of liberty and justice.

Zimbabwe wishes to thank the US Fish and Wildlife Service for their highly professional approach on executing a technically robust process which took nearly 3 yrs. Even though there were losses recorded by the conservation industry in Zimbabwe from anticipated revenues for anti-poaching and community development during the 2014-2016 period, we appreciate they needed to be thorough in the process. Following the positive determination and subsequent lifting of the trophy hunting import ban into the USA, Zimbabwe remains committed to the implementation of our Elephant Management Plan and we invite partners to join hands with Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority on a mission to continue conserving Zimbabwe’s wildlife heritage for the benefit of present and future generations.


Promoting TFCA community interaction for sustainable socio-economic development.




Transfrontier Conservation Areas are established with the purpose of collaboratively managing shared natural and cultural resources across international boundaries for improved biodiversity conservation and socio-economic development. According to the SADC Protocol on Wildlife Conservation and Law Enforcement (1999) as a component of a large ecological region that straddles the boundaries of two or more countries encompassing one or more protected areas as well as multiple resource use areas.

It is therefore important to note that the above two vital elements give the SADC community great potential in terms of biodiversity and tourism growth if issues of capacity building, advocacy and funding, and marketing are addressed appropriately.  The TFCA concept is new and therefore not yet understood even among those who are expected to implement it let alone community groups that seek to tap into the opportunities created by this phenomenon. At the heart of all this, is the cultural context which determines how far communities are prepared to participate in management of biodiversity and extract maximum benefit from the concept.

The TFCA Networking Forum for Sustainable Community Livelihoods seeks to create interaction of community groups, identify and share experiences, knowledge and related challenges and opportunities on conservation and cultural tourism.

Project Description

CCDI with support from GIZ will be hosting communities from the Great Limpopo, Greater Mapungubwe and KAZA TFCAs at Muhlanguleni, Chiredzi from 13 – 17 November 2017 for networking and exchange on the latest conservation tools and technologies and on how best community involvement can lead to effective conservation work amid a multitude of threats and challenges such as climate change and population growth. This will be done through facilitated workshops which will identify the key enabling factors for effective community participation and beneficiation in TFCA management.

Community-based Organisations (CBOs), government departments and other key institutions will present a range of conservation and development frameworks. This will provide an opportunity to discuss constraints, possibilities and synergies and topical issues that relate to TFCAs. Group and plenary sessions will be held where various stakeholders will discuss existing integrated conservation and development processes.

Community members will be taught about the Transfrontier Conservation Area concept and how to implement it in cross border socio-economic activities that enhance interaction and cooperation. The Great Limpopo Cultural Trade Fair, Pafuri Walking Trail & Shangani Festival, Tour de Tuli and Wild Run are such socio-economic cross border products which will constitute the core of Zimbabwe’s success stories in attempt to derive community benefits from trans-boundary natural resources management (TBNRM).  There is no doubt that conservation of biodiversity, indigenous knowledge and cultural heritage of the region is pivotal to the success of SADC and Zimbabwe’s TFCA programme.


Approximately sixty participants have been drawn from Great Limpopo, Greater Mapungubwe and KAZA TFCAs, more specifically involving Botswana, Mozambique, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Key Envisaged Outputs

  • Improved community involvement in the development of  TFCAs in the SADC region
  • More community-based  tourism initiatives
  • Improved community livelihoods
  • Enhanced human-wildlife conflict resolution mechanisms

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Zimparks bids farewell to Hon Minister (Dr) W. Mzembi at Zimbali Gardens


Zimparks team bids farewell to Hon Minister (Dr) W. Mzembi at Zimbali Gardens and  Welcoming our New Minister Hon E. Mbwembwe to the Ministry of Tourism, Environment and Hospitality Industry.

Thank you Dr Mzembi for the great input in tourism and Welcome Hon E. Mbwembwe.

Zimparks was fully represented by The Director General Mr. F U. Mangwanya  and Deputy Director Generals Mr. George Manyumwa and Mr G. Matipano as well as colleagues in support of the function. ( Mr Aaron Chingombe, Mr. F Chimeramombe, Mr Chikande, Patience Gandiwa, Tinashe Farawo and Evans Katiyo.

Calls to fully exploit wildlife based land reform

Insert from ZBC.

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.

13 jumbos die in ‘cyanide poisoning’ October 14, 2017 Local News

Leonard Ncube, Victoria Falls Reporter

THIRTEEN elephants were found dead in a bush between Fuller Forest and Chikandakubi area outside Victoria Falls town on Wednesday in yet another suspected case of cyanide poisoning.

A villager from Chikandakubi reportedly bumped onto the 13 carcasses near Ngwengwe Springs as he was herding cattle on Wednesday.

The Chronicle was told that four of the elephants had been dehorned while rangers recovered ivory from the other nine.

All carcasses were bulging and almost bursting, raising fears of cyanide poisoning which is suspected to have been administered by poachers at a nearby salt lick, a source said.

“The elephants comprised nine males and four females, nine of which were adults and the other four were sub adults.

The carcasses were discovered by a villager who was rounding up his cattle and he alerted police and rangers,” said a source.

The source said rangers from Zimbabwe National Parks and Wildlife Management Authority and police officers attended the scene on Thursday.

Zimparks spokesperson Mr Tinashe Farawo could not be reached for comment.

Between January and June 2017, a total of 14 elephants were lost due to poaching activities with two more incidents being recorded in the Hwange National Park two months ago.

However, Zimparks authorities have said collaborative efforts with other Government agencies have led to a downward trend in poaching incidents compared to last year.

Anti-poaching teams have lately been deployed to deal with the emerging poaching cases as the wildlife authority works tirelessly to fight the vice.

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.

An elephant costs about $50 000. — @ncubeleon

Congratulations Mr Mashingaidze



Picture collage shows Mr. Trust Mashingaidze being conferred the Fellow status by Dr. Ushendibaba Madhume the IPMZ President.

The Institute of People Management in Zimbabwe (IPMZ) ran its Annual Conference from the 26th to the 29th of July, 2017 at Elephant Hills Hotel in Victoria Falls. Mr. Trust Mashingaidze the Human Resources Manager for the Zimbabwe Parks & Wildlife Management Authority was awarded the Fellow status which is the highest grade for IPMZ members during the Convention. His 27 years in the Human Resources field has seen him mentoring so many Human Resources practitioners. Furthermore Trust’s training and development experience has seen him being appointed an external moderator at the Southern African Wildlife College. He has also produced Human Resources Manual for the Kavango Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Areas where he chaired the Human Resources Committee for the five partner countries. Join us the ZimParks Family in congratulating him for the achievement.

Zimparks in Harmony with Nature!!!!!



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Zimparks guns down hippo in Nyanyadzi

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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.