Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority’s cheetah successfully raises five cubs

Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority’s cheetah successfully raises five cubs

A cheetah from Hwange National Park has successfully raised five cubs in the past ten months to date. She has become the only cheetah in the country to see her young ones survive for this long a period. The cheetah whose ID for the Cheetah project is HNP013 was born in December of 2010 in a litter of three cubs and has been a study animal since 2011. She had her first litter of 3 cubs in 2014 and all 3 dispersed in 2016. It is sad that one died in a road collision soon after dispersal. This litter of five is her second litter and as Zimbabwe we certainly hope she manages to keep all five to the end. Good luck raising your offspring HNP013!!

Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority spokesperson Caroline Washaya-Moyo added that the Authority is thrilled that all the five cubs have made it this far adding that tourism in Zimbabwe is wildlife based and such rare phenomenon will help increase tourist arrival in the park. She is indeed an iconic cheetah.

Washaya-Moyo added that the cheetah in Zimbabwe is in appendix 1 of CITES,  But from an ecological perspective, the environment is ideal for cheetahs but other than natural causes of death, the population is affected by human activities which include road kills as well as snares.

 

This picture of the cheetah and her cubs was taken by Lovelater Sebele, Hwange National Park resident ecologist and Public Relations Assistant. The picture was taken in May 2016.

 

Zimbabwe is home to 150-170 adult cheetahs and of these 80% are in wildlife protected areas while 20 % are on commercial farmland. This is according to Van der Meer, 2016 in the cheetahs of Zimbabwe distribution and population status 2015.

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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.