The Government of Zimbabwe through the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority is donating 10 white rhinos to the Democratic Republic of Congo to enhance rhino regional conservation program. According to IUCN Rhino Specialist Group 98% of world`s white rhino population occurs in just four countries worldwide and that is South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe and Kenya. Thus, Zimbabwe is one of the major white rhino range states hence a source country for rhino range expansion to other countries or private stakeholders.
The translocation is being done adhering to local and international wildlife translocation protocols particularly IUCN rhino pre-translocation guidelines and the African Rhino Range States’ African Rhino Conservation Plan. The translocation is being done for the following reasons:
Zimbabwe as a major rhino range state, and in line with the African Rhino Range States’ African Rhino Conservation Plan, is translocating the rhinos in an effort to expand the regional rhino range area. The expansion of national and regional rhino range areas is one of the goals of the African Rhino Conservation plan. The exercise is a deliberate effort to enhance the security and genetic proliferation of the species at a regional level.
Zimbabwe is one of the important rhino range countries in the world and has seen steady population growth of both white and black rhinos. In the recent past, Zimbabwe has been instrumental in restocking of new and rehabilitated former range areas such as the Okavango Delta of Botswana. Eight (8) black rhinos were sent to the Okavango Delta in 2016 as part of the 20 country to country rhino donation to Botswana. The regional restocking exercise done by Zimbabwe is important in showing the goodwill and rhino conservation success story synonymous with the country.
The Zimbabwean Government is aware that DRC lost its Northern white rhino population to extinction largely due to poaching. However, for this exercise, a management and scientific assessment of the security and law enforcement status and potential biological proliferation of the rhinos was done to inform the translocation requirements. Since the Northern white rhino went extinct in the DRC there are no fears of gene dilution with the rhinos intended to be translocated from Zimbabwe (Zimbabwe’s rhinos are Southern white rhinos). The security and law enforcement status of the receiving property was assessed based on the local (Zimbabwe) and international (IUCN guidelines) standard pre- translocation requirements. The Zimbabwean Government was satisfied that the pre and post-translocation conditions in DRC met the requisite standards for a successful re-establishment of rhinos in that country.
The 10 rhinos are being translocated from three different sources (Lake Chivero and Kyle Recreational Parks and Matopo National Park). Rhinos at Lake Chivero and Kyle have reached near ecological carrying capacity and the translocation is part of destocking in line with our approved National Rhino Conservation and Management Strategy.
The Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority, Board, Director General, Directorate, Management and staff would like to congratulate His Excellency the
President Cde E.D. Mnangagwa on winning the recently held harmonised elections.
The voice of the people is the voice of God and indeed the people have spoken. Your triumph has shown that the people of Zimbabwe believe in your ability as a leader and your vision for this country.
As we enter this new era of restored hope we extend our support to you as you lead us in rebuilding a Zimbabwe we all want. We wish you well in your endeavour to steer the nation towards peace and economic stability.
Under your leadership, the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority will continuously strive to fulfil its mandate of sustainably conserving the country’s wildlife heritage and maintain a zero tolerance to poaching for the benefit of both present and future generations.
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87 people were trained in fish farming projects by Zimparks in Goromonzi last week
The program is a brainchild of Minister of Environment Water and Climate Honorable Minister Oppah Muchinguri Kashiri.
Traditional leaders who attended the training hailed Zimparks for the fish farming and wildlife projects. The program is expected to boost food security and eradicate poverty at household level and in the process create jobs opportunities for the community.
Principal Extension and Interpretation officer Mr Kuguyo expressed satisfaction with the training and said,
“The fishery program is in line with Zimparks mission, vision as we all need to sustainably utilize the natural resources for the benefit of the present and future generations.”
We are hoping to do more throughout the country. ( Story by Rudo Mandiro)
The Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority through its Scientific and Vertinary has started installing Global Positioning Systems (GPS) collars on key wildlife species for tracking, protection and research purposes in Mana Pools National Park.The use of tracking collars is one of the most common methods of monitoring the movement of wild animals.It allows researchers to collect baseline data like home range sizes, daily movements, behavioural data and diet.Depending on the species of animal, the collars can be customized with sensors to recognize different movement activity, temperature and even mortality. According various scholars when the movement sensor detects no movement, after a pre-programmed period of time, it changes the pulse rate to a higher or lower rate indicating change in behaviour (e.g. resting or stationary).
Zimparks over the years has been using different methods to track wildlife but has gravitated more to the use of GPS collars following rampant poaching and human and wildlife conflict. Mana Pools National park a UNESCO recognized World Heritage site was were a recent collaring of a Bull Elephant was conducted. Aware trust in collaboration with Zimparks saw the collaring of the bull Elephant. Zimparks Vet Dr Chaitezvi expressed his appreciation to their partner Aware Trust and how this a positive step in cabbing poaching and potential Human and Wildlife conflict.
‘Elephants cover long distance in a short space of time and this GPS will allow us to track the animal and know if it’s not close to human settlements or fields, this helps in avoiding human and wildlife conflict. This technology also allows us to track the animal’s position and also detect if the animal is in the safe perimeters of the parks and avoid poaching’
Zimbabwe has the second largest herd of Elephants in the World after its neighbour Botswana. It is through adopting such sustainable conservation methods of this nature that such large numbers of elephants still exist.
(Story by Dumisani Chihoto)
Principal Extention and Interpretation Officer Mr Kuguyo conducting a training course
At least 200 people in Kanyemba area in Mbire district were trained about fish farming by the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority through its Extention and Interpretation Department on the 13thof July this year. The Authority has been on an incessant course to see locals trained in sustainable fish farming with the objective of increasing the fisheries sector and also increase consumption of fish by Zimbabwean locals. Training took place at Majaya Business Centre and Mariga primary school.
The locals were taught on different methods of fish farming which comprised from identification of space for the construction of fish ponds, species to breed and the new cage culture fish breeding methods. The Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority is working hand and clove with other authorities and organisation like Forestry and EMA which fall under the parent Ministry of Environment, Water and Climate. The objective of this unified approach is to enhance sustainable community projects that benefit both present and future generations.
Fish farming in Zimbabwe is a small industry with only a few commercial farms in existence, however the Authority recognizes the potential of this sleeping giant and intends to contribute to the growth of this sector through enriching local communities with knowledge on how to venture in this Agricultural sub-sector. Commercial aquaculture in the country mainly has to do with two species: Nile tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus) and rainbow trout (Onchorynchus mykiss). The Authorities mandate is to reach all corners of the country and enrich locals livelihood’s through these trainings.Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority Community Liaison and Extention Services Manager Mr Dangare said these trainings conducted by the authority educate locals on all stages of fish farming and fall in line with the Sustainable Development Goals.
“In this national on-going project we are assisting the locals through training them on how to set up the fish ponds, the designs and correct slopes. We also support them with materials apart from the ones locally available. We train them on how to breed fish and also give them start up fingerlings, this project falls in line with the Sustainable Development Goals which aim to eradicate poverty and hunger”
Mr Dangare said the projects will go a long way in sustaining community livelihoods taking part in the initiative.
(Story by Dumisani Chihoto)