Zimparks working with communities in anti-poaching activities

Zimparks working with communities in anti-poaching activities

Communities that reside adjacent Hwange National Park have sent a clear message to poachers that any form of illegal harvesting of the country’s wildlife resources has no room in society. This follows a citizen’s arrest in Gwayi area close to Hwange National Park where Innocent Nyathi,41, arrested by the community . His colleague, who is yet to be identified, escaped and is on the run.

Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority  said the two were allegedly found with 3 kilogrammes of cyanide in their possession when they were apprehended. The arrest was effected by a Gwayi man who later called Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority offices. The accused person has been sentenced to nine years imprisonment for illegal possession of raw ivory weighing 4 kilogrammes. The accused person appeared before Hwange Provincial Magistrate Rosemary Dube while Memory Musaka appeared for the state. The accused person pleaded guilty and was given a mandatory nine years in prison.

Meanwhile Munashe Chandake aged 25years of Jenyedza St Rujeko, B. in Masvingo was arrested by a joint anti-poaching operation team comprising Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority, Zimbabwe Republic Police, ZRP and anti- tracking specialist, ATS . The team managed to avert a  would be indiscriminate killing of wildlife in one of the water holes, when they were arrested Chindake who was found in illegal possession of 2 kilogrammes of cyanide and has since appeared before Masvingo Magistrate where he was remanded in custody for continuation of trial. Chishakwe ranch is home to a variety of wildlife species.

In yet another incident, Petros Kunyeti was sentenced to 12 months in prison for the illegal possession of cyanide by a Guruve Magistrate, Artwell Sanyatwe for illegal possession  500 grammes of cyanide. Kunyeti was carrying the cyanide intending to administer it in order to kill elephants in Mana Pools, Lower Guruve when he was apprehended by a crack team from the ZRP Minerals and Border Control Unit and the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority. Vanestancia Musiiwa was prosecuting.

The Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority is warning members of the public on how extremely dangerous cyanide is to humans, domestic and wild animals as it causes death within seconds after being exposed to it.

The Authority will forever remain grateful to its stakeholders who have assisted in fighting poaching in the country adding that wildlife crime needs an all stakeholder’s approach if the war against poaching is to be realised.

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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.