Two poachers killed at Matusadonha

Two poachers killed at Matusadonha

 

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The Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority (Zimparks) rangers have shot and killed two poachers after an exchange of gunfire at Matusadonha Mountains.

Two pieces of elephant tasks have been recovered while two of the poachers managed to escape.

Zimparks’ well-trained rangers who were on a regular patrol of Matusadonha Mountains exchanged gunfire with four poachers’ yesterday afternoon.

Two of the poachers were shot and killed during the exchange.

The poachers are still to be identified and the case has since been reported to the Zimbabwe Republic Police.

Zimparks public relations manager, Mr Tinashe Farawo confirmed the incident adding the rangers who had exhausted other avenues to arrest the poachers had to resort to the exchange of gunfire resulting in the unfortunate loss of lives.

The Zimparks public relations manager highlighted the incident should serve as a warning to would be poachers that the authority will do everything in its powers to protect the country wildlife heritage.

The country continues to face worrying trends of poaching with calls for the private sector and communities to partner Zimparks in the fight against poaching scourge.

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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.