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Makorokoto, Congratulations, Amhlope to the New President-Elect

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.

Traditional leaders hail Zimparks for Fish farming projects

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)

Zimparks carry on with GPS tracking of Wildlife…

Zimparks rangers and Aware Trust placing a GPS collar on Bull Elephant

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)

Zimparks trains 200 on fish farming…

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)

Zimparks Joins the World in Commemorating World Snake Day..

Many people fear snakes, and this misplaced fear often results in people killing snakes, which is negatively impacting wild populations. World Snake Day  gives us the chance to dispel some of these fears and highlights the benefit of snakes in our environment. Snakes play a vital role in our ecosystem ensuring that there is a balance.

  One of Zimbabwe’s protected snakes is the African Rock Python. Pythons are non-venomous therefore they can be caught by hand by professionally trained people. The Zimbabwe Parks and wildlife management authority through its Problem Animal Unit ensure that snake species like the python are safely captured and later released if found in human residential areas. After the Python is caught it is not killed because it is a specially protected endangered species. Instead, it is disposed into its natural habitat where the area is protected e.g. Lake Chivero Recreational Park or Darwendale Recreational Park. The authority has a mandate to protect these beautiful reptiles for present and future generations and the public is warned that if caught in possession of this snake be it its skin, teeth or caught in the act of killing it ,one stands to serve a minimum of 9 years in prison. (Story by Dumisani Chihoto)

The 6th Edition of the KAZA GOLF TOURNAMENT IS CURRENTLY UNDERWAY …

The Kavango Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation area (KAZA TFCA) is hosting a Kavango-Zambezi Joint Golf Classic Tournament in three KAZA TFCA partner countries being Botswana, Zambia and Zimbabwe which is the last day. The tournament will kicked off on the 3rd of July 2018 in Choma, Zambia at Choma Golf course, 6th of July 2018 was hosted by Botswana in Kasane at Chobe Golf Course and lastly, Zimbabwe on the 7th of July 2018 at Elephant Hills Golf course. The winner from the mens and ladies will each win themselves an airline ticket proudly sponsored by Ethiopian Airlines to a destination where the airline services.

 

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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.