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ZIMPARKS CONCERNED AT THE RATE OF HUMAN WILDLIFE CONFLICT CASES IN ZIMBABWE.

ZIMPARKS CONCERNED AT THE RATE OF HUMAN WILDLIFE CONFLICT CASES IN ZIMBABWE.

 

Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority expresses concern at the high rate of human wildlife conflict cases involving mainly elephants especially in the farming season. No day passes without Zimparks offices receiving a report of elephants that stray into communities that reside adjacent wildlife areas. The just ended Christmas period saw communities dedicating more of their time to protecting their fields from elephants as opposed to spending quality time with their families.

Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority spokesperson Caroline Washaya-Moyo said one such area is Makore Village in Gokwe North where a total of 18 elephants were found in the community on the 27th of December. A report was quickly made to Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority and a team comprising Zimparks and Gokwe North rural district council, (RDC) was immediately deployed to manage the situation. Two professional hunters constitute the team that was deployed and will only leave the area when the elephants have been driven out.

She added  that the community feared that their crops which are doing well were under attack, this following the rains that have been received countrywide. The availability of water almost everywhere is good a reason for elephants to travel long distances. Human life has been threatened and as a result the Authority has scaled up efforts to carrying out awareness campaign programmes with the communities on how to behave around elephants. The elephants are suspected to have travelled from Matusadonha National Park and follow the Sanyati River.

 

In a related development, on the 23rd of December in Bhatiti Area of Chikombedzi in Chiredzi South two cheetahs nearly attacked an 8 month old baby who was playing at her parents’ homestead. The cheetahs had earlier preyed on goats. The community was brave enough and armed with axes, dogs and bayonets, chased the two cheetahs.

The community successfully managed to separate the two cheetahs with one fleeing into Gonakudzingwa Farms while the other which had become aggressive was trapped in a tree, after killing a hen. After four hours the same cheetah returned to the area and the community was left with no option but to kill it in order to save their lives.

Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority rangers continue to work with Chiredzi South community in ensuring that their day to day lives are not distrupted.

Still in the same province two lions are reported to have attacked and killed three cattle in Chigwite Village, Save Valley conservancy. Zimbabwe Parks and Widlife Management Authority rangers and officials from Save Valley Conservancy are in the area to manage the problem. What concerns Zimparks about such attacks is that the owner of the cattle had made every effort to pen his cattle and the lions could not resist the tempatation.Predators such as lions, hyenas and cheetahs are devising new hunting areas opting to attack softer targets.

Zimparks urges communities to immediately report the presence of wildlife in their area to the nearest Zimparks offices, Zimbabwe Republic Police, ZRP or the local traditional leadership.

Meanwhile a Zambian poacher was shot and killed, during the Christmas period, at Nyamuomba sub camp in Rifa section Morongora, Hurungwe Safari Area. This happened when Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority rangers on patrol exchanged fire with four suspected Zambian poachers. The other three escaped. The case was reported to ZRP Chirundu.

The following items were recovered

·     One shot gun

·     8 live rounds, 303

·     One impala carcass

Investigations are continuing.

Two poachers shot and killed during a contact. Hwange National Park

Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority rangers working together with Zimbabwe Republic Police, ZRP, have shot and killed two Zimbabwean poachers during a contact in Hwange National Park .This was after Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority, ZIMPARKS rangers, and Zimbabwe Republic Police, ZRP, reacted to gunshot sounds at Main Camp, Hwange National Park mid-morning today,10/01/2016.According to the particulars of one of the poachers it was concluded that he is from Nkayi while the other could not be immediately identified because he had no identification particulars on him.

Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority said the following items were recovered,

1×450 rifle

2x live catridge

1x empty catridge

3 pairs of elephant tusks

1x adult bull elephant

1x axe

1x stone file

2x elephant tails

5 kilogrammes mealie-meal

Salt

1x pot

4x cellphones.

Investigations are continuing.

Zimparks concerned at the rate of human wildlife conflict cases in Zimbabwe.

ZIMPARKS CONCERNED AT THE RATE OF HUMAN WILDLIFE CONFLICT CASES IN ZIMBABWE.

 

Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority expresses concern at the high rate of human wildlife conflict cases involving mainly elephants especially in the farming season. No day passes without Zimparks offices receiving a report of elephants that stray into communities that reside adjacent wildlife areas. The just ended Christmas period saw communities dedicating more of their time to protecting their fields from elephants as opposed to spending quality time with their families.

Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Mnagement Authority spokesperson Caroline Washaya-Moyo said one such area is Makore Village in Gokwe North where a total of 18 elephants were found in the community on the 27th of December. A report was quickly made to Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority and a team comprising Zimparks and Gokwe North rural district council, (RDC) was immediately deployed to manage the situation. Two professional hunters constitute the team that was deployed and will only leave the area when the elephants have been driven out.

She added  that the community feared that their crops which are doing well were under attack, this following the rains that have been received countrywide. The availability of water almost everywhere is good a reason for elephants to travel long distances. Human life has been threatened and as a result the Authority has scaled up efforts to carrying out awareness campaign programmes with the communities on how to behave around elephants. The elephants are suspected to have travelled from Matusadonha National Park and follow the Sanyati River.

 

In a related development, on the 23rd of December in Bhatiti Area of Chikombedzi in Chiredzi South two cheetahs nearly attacked an 8 month old baby who was playing at her parents’ homestead. The cheetahs had earlier preyed on goats. The community was brave enough and armed with axes, dogs and bayonets, chased the two cheetahs.

The community successfully managed to separate the two cheetahs with one fleeing into Gonakudzingwa Farms while the other which had become aggressive was trapped in a tree, after killing a hen. After four hours the same cheetah returned to the area and the community was left with no option but to kill it in order to save their lives.

Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority rangers continue to work with Chiredzi South community in ensuring that their day to day lives are not distrupted.

Still in the same province two lions are reported to have attacked and killed three cattle in Chigwite Village, Save Valley conservancy. Zimbabwe Parks and Widlife Management Authority rangers and officials from Save Valley Conservancy are in the area to manage the problem. What concerns Zimparks about such attacks is that the owner of the cattle had made every effort to pen his cattle and the lions could not resist the tempatation.Predators such as lions, hyenas and cheetahs are devising new hunting areas opting to attack softer targets.

Zimparks urges communities to immediately report the presence of wildlife in their area to the nearest Zimparks offices, Zimbabwe Republic Police, ZRP or the local traditional leadership.

Meanwhile a Zambian poacher was shot and killed, during the Christmas period, at Nyamuomba sub camp in Rifa section Morongora, Hurungwe Safari Area. This happened when Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority rangers on patrol exchanged fire with four suspected Zambian poachers. The other three escaped. The case was reported to ZRP Chirundu.

The following items were recovered

·     One shot gun

·     8 live rounds, 303

·     One impala carcass

Investigations are continuing.

Three poachers shot in two days.

Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority confirms the death of another poacher in Morongora. The poacher, a suspected Zambian was shot and killed during a contact yesterday, 11/01/2017 in Hurungwe Safari Area. The suspected Zambian poachers who were three in total and during a contact the other two escaped while one was killed during an exchange of fire. This follows the death of two Zimbabwean poachers who were shot and killed in Hwange National Parks during a contact with law enforcement officials and rangers.

Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority said the following items were recovered from the scene where the suspected Zambian poachers were found…

458 rifle and 15 live rounds

A specified hunter’s knife

Miner’s torch and two batteries

Cell phone and airtel sim card

2 jackets

Three black long polythin plastics and food stuff with Zambian labels were also recovered.

Investigations are continuing.

The rate at which poachers are gaining illegal entry into protected areas is indication of the amount of pressure the country’s wildlife resources is being put under. The Authority however warns strongly would be poachers that illegal entry into these protected areas will have dire quensequncies. The mandate of the Authority is to protect and conserve the country’s wildlife resources and rangers patrolling the Parks Estate will do so at whatever cost. Zimparks further appreciate the level of commitment, dedication and alertness being exhibited by our rangers who despite resource challenges and varying weather conditions, continue to remain focussed on their duties.

Zimparks working with communities in anti-poaching activities

Communities that reside adjacent Hwange National Park have sent a clear message to poachers that any form of illegal harvesting of the country’s wildlife resources has no room in society. This follows a citizen’s arrest in Gwayi area close to Hwange National Park where Innocent Nyathi,41, arrested by the community . His colleague, who is yet to be identified, escaped and is on the run.

Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority  said the two were allegedly found with 3 kilogrammes of cyanide in their possession when they were apprehended. The arrest was effected by a Gwayi man who later called Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority offices. The accused person has been sentenced to nine years imprisonment for illegal possession of raw ivory weighing 4 kilogrammes. The accused person appeared before Hwange Provincial Magistrate Rosemary Dube while Memory Musaka appeared for the state. The accused person pleaded guilty and was given a mandatory nine years in prison.

Meanwhile Munashe Chandake aged 25years of Jenyedza St Rujeko, B. in Masvingo was arrested by a joint anti-poaching operation team comprising Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority, Zimbabwe Republic Police, ZRP and anti- tracking specialist, ATS . The team managed to avert a  would be indiscriminate killing of wildlife in one of the water holes, when they were arrested Chindake who was found in illegal possession of 2 kilogrammes of cyanide and has since appeared before Masvingo Magistrate where he was remanded in custody for continuation of trial. Chishakwe ranch is home to a variety of wildlife species.

In yet another incident, Petros Kunyeti was sentenced to 12 months in prison for the illegal possession of cyanide by a Guruve Magistrate, Artwell Sanyatwe for illegal possession  500 grammes of cyanide. Kunyeti was carrying the cyanide intending to administer it in order to kill elephants in Mana Pools, Lower Guruve when he was apprehended by a crack team from the ZRP Minerals and Border Control Unit and the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority. Vanestancia Musiiwa was prosecuting.

The Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority is warning members of the public on how extremely dangerous cyanide is to humans, domestic and wild animals as it causes death within seconds after being exposed to it.

The Authority will forever remain grateful to its stakeholders who have assisted in fighting poaching in the country adding that wildlife crime needs an all stakeholder’s approach if the war against poaching is to be realised.

Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority’s cheetah successfully raises five cubs

A cheetah from Hwange National Park has successfully raised five cubs in the past ten months to date. She has become the only cheetah in the country to see her young ones survive for this long a period. The cheetah whose ID for the Cheetah project is HNP013 was born in December of 2010 in a litter of three cubs and has been a study animal since 2011. She had her first litter of 3 cubs in 2014 and all 3 dispersed in 2016. It is sad that one died in a road collision soon after dispersal. This litter of five is her second litter and as Zimbabwe we certainly hope she manages to keep all five to the end. Good luck raising your offspring HNP013!!

Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority spokesperson Caroline Washaya-Moyo added that the Authority is thrilled that all the five cubs have made it this far adding that tourism in Zimbabwe is wildlife based and such rare phenomenon will help increase tourist arrival in the park. She is indeed an iconic cheetah.

Washaya-Moyo added that the cheetah in Zimbabwe is in appendix 1 of CITES,  But from an ecological perspective, the environment is ideal for cheetahs but other than natural causes of death, the population is affected by human activities which include road kills as well as snares.

 

This picture of the cheetah and her cubs was taken by Lovelater Sebele, Hwange National Park resident ecologist and Public Relations Assistant. The picture was taken in May 2016.

 

Zimbabwe is home to 150-170 adult cheetahs and of these 80% are in wildlife protected areas while 20 % are on commercial farmland. This is according to Van der Meer, 2016 in the cheetahs of Zimbabwe distribution and population status 2015.

Stray lions roaming in Mufakose, Kuwadzana, Kambuzuma and Highfields

The Parks & Wildlife Management Authority of Zimbabwe wishes to dispel messages about stray lions roaming in Mufakose, Kuwadzana, Kambuzuma and Highfields being circulated on social media as false. We have been inundated by telephone calls from Harare residence who are now fearing for their lives.

We wish to assure the public that there are no stray lions roaming in Harare. Over the past two days, we have been dispatching teams to the alleged areas to assess the situation. The team observed spoors of dogs and civet cats, which were mistakenly identified as lion spoors by the residents.

We also wish to inform the public that all lions being kept at Lion & Cheetah Park are safely in their fences, contrary to reports that some have escaped. We wish to advise the public to verify any reports on stray dangerous wild animals with the ZimParks Public Relations Department.

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MAN CAUGHT WITH A COBRA IN A LAPTOP BAG…

A man travelling from Hwedza to Harare, Grey Mupinganjira aged 32, has been arrested for illegal possession of an Egyptian Cobra, female, 1.3 metres long. The man was arrested at a road block when police noticed something move in his bag. It is at this point that he was asked to reveal the contents. The police were shocked to learn that not only was he carrying a live snake but one of the most poisonous snakes.

 

When being interviewed by Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority officials who had been called in to rescue the snake, the man revealed that he wanted to get rid of it as he was convinced it was his source of problems. He was however quick to mention that rescuing the snake by Zimparks officers was of no use as the snake was going to find its way back to him. He was previously arrested by police for the same offense when he was taking three black mambas to Malawi, the man said.

He is currently in police custody and is expected to appear in court tomorrow (15 September 2015) facing charges of contravening section 59 of the Parks and Wildlife Act Chapter 20:14(b).

Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority wants to appeal to the public not to keep dangerous and or poisonous snakes in their homes as not only are they not skilled in keeping and handling them but also that it is an offense to remove wildlife from its natural habitat without a permit.

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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.