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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.

31 year old sentenced to 3 months for illegal sale of game meat.

Hwange Provincial Magistrate Sharon Rosemani on 27 December sentenced Thabani Shoko 31, of Gamba village, Lukosi in Hwange, to 3 months in prison with labour, for the illegal sale of game meat. Memory Munsaka was prosecuting. He was arrested on the 25th of December at Cross Dete where he was illegally selling dried kudu and impala game meat to truck drivers.

He was arrested for contravening section 59(b) of the Parks and Wildlife Act chapter 2014 of 1996 which is the removal of game meat from one place to another without a permit. Shoko was found in possession of 44 bundles of dried game meat weighing 10 kilogrammes. He confessed to poaching the meat in Sinamatella, Hwange National Park.

Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority advises the public who wish to venture into game meat selling to approach Zimparks offices for assistance on how to acquire the permit. The Authority however warnes members of the public against illegally selling the plant adding that they risk prosecution. The flame lilly is a specially protected indigenous plant and anyone  found and or seen with it without proper papers risks prosecution, this according to section 51 of the statutory instrument 362 of 1990.The illegal sale of the flame lilly is rife during rainy season.

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.

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