The Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority, as mandated by the Parks and Wildlife Management Act Chapter 20:14 to conserve the county’s wildlife heritage announces measures that are meant to improve the general management of the country’s iconic elephant individuals.
The country has a long and world renowned history of sustainable wildlife conservation and is proud to have produced some of the world’s most iconic elephant individuals. In the protected areas of Zimbabwe, some large elephants have since been identified and these have some of the largest tusks in the world and have roamed the wild for not less than forty years.
This clearly shows commitment and investment Zimbabwe has made in protecting and conserving its elephants. It is therefore governments’ intention to continue with the tradition and declare these iconic large individual elephants a national heritage. These elephant individuals include those in national protected areas, private land, campfire areas and conservancies.
Furthermore these iconic elephant individuals will be accorded special protection under the already existing Presidential Elephant Head Management Programme which was established through a Presidential Decree of 1990.
These individual elephants and their respective herds will not constitute part of the hunting quotas issued by Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority. Once these individual elephants die of natural causes, their trophies will be preserved and publicly displayed.
Elephants under the Presidential Elephant Head Management Programme enjoy the following privileges
The country is currently in the process of engaging conservation partners in order to collar these individual elephants in order to improve monitoring and their conservation status.