Zimparks Joins the World in Commemorating World Snake Day..

Zimparks Joins the World in Commemorating World Snake Day..

Many people fear snakes, and this misplaced fear often results in people killing snakes, which is negatively impacting wild populations. World Snake Day  gives us the chance to dispel some of these fears and highlights the benefit of snakes in our environment. Snakes play a vital role in our ecosystem ensuring that there is a balance.

  One of Zimbabwe’s protected snakes is the African Rock Python. Pythons are non-venomous therefore they can be caught by hand by professionally trained people. The Zimbabwe Parks and wildlife management authority through its Problem Animal Unit ensure that snake species like the python are safely captured and later released if found in human residential areas. After the Python is caught it is not killed because it is a specially protected endangered species. Instead, it is disposed into its natural habitat where the area is protected e.g. Lake Chivero Recreational Park or Darwendale Recreational Park. The authority has a mandate to protect these beautiful reptiles for present and future generations and the public is warned that if caught in possession of this snake be it its skin, teeth or caught in the act of killing it ,one stands to serve a minimum of 9 years in prison. (Story by Dumisani Chihoto)

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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.