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

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.

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Zimparks guns down hippo in Nyanyadzi

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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.