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Human-wildlife conflict claims 20

Twenty people have died after being attacked by wild animals across the country in the first five months of the year, while several others were injured as cases of human-wildlife conflict continue to increase.

Most of the fatalities were recorded in communities near wildlife habitats where animals increasingly come into contact with humans after straying in search of food and water.

In some cases, the animals stray from their habitat because people vandalise the perimeter fence of such areas.

This comes as Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority (Zimparks) has deployed game rangers to Bikita where lions, elephants and buffaloes, believed to be from Devuli Ranch in the Save Valley Conservancy are on the prowl killing livestock and destroying property. They are also threatening human life and limb.

Zimparks spokesperson Mr Tinashe Farawo yesterday expressed concern over increasing cases of human-wildlife conflict and the loss of life due to such instances.

“In the first five months of this year, from January to May we have already lost 20 lives around the country at the hands of wild animals while a good number were injured and the most dangerous animals have been crocodiles, lions, elephants and buffaloes.”

“We have moved in and made sure that we deal with all the wild animals that have been causing problems because the preservation of human life is always our first priority.”

He said Zimparks rangers were currently on the ground in Bikita following an increase in human/wildlife conflict.

“We have a team of rangers on the ground that is dealing with a pride of lions that has been killing livestock in extreme eastern parts of Devuli Ranch in Save Valley bordering Bikita. We fear these lions can also attack humans,” he said.

“The truth of the matter is that most of our game parks are now overpopulated and this increases the propensity of our wild animals to move in search of scarce food and water.”

Besides lions, buffaloes were also roaming freely in parts of Bikita raising the spectre of foot and mouth outbreak in the district.

Mr Farawo said besides Bikita, other districts bordering Save Valley namely Buhera, Chipinge, Zaka and Chiredzi were also at the mercy of wild animals searching for food and water.

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Zimbabwe Endangered Species Fund Appeal for Donations

As human society grapples with the burden brought upon us all by the Coronavirus Pandemic, wildlife is also faced with a pandemic that’s threatens the ecosystem which it calls home. Conservation and preservation of our game reserves has relied heavily on funding generated from tourism.

In order to save our lives, we have to stay indoors, the coronavirus does not move by itself, people move the coronavirus to each other. Tourism simply means not being at home, and the industry has shut its doors. Airplanes are grounded, borders are closed and 96% of countries have imposed travel restrictions on non residents.

We have a new pandemic that is brewing in the game reserves – “Wildlife Survival”. Without funds, the wildlife would not be protected from poachers and droughts, all animals are now endangered this is no longer about elephants or rhinoceros or pangolins but ALL animals are threatened.

Help the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority protect the wildlife and the environment during this difficult time by donating to the Zimbabwe Endangered Species Fund.

The proceeds shall enhance the supply of water to vulnerable wildlife populations and supplies for rangers to patrol the parks and defend the wildlife we all hold dear.

For donations click on the following link DONATE

 

ZIMPARKS STATEMENT ON CORONA VIRUS

The Parks and Wildlife Management Authority is implementing preparatory measures as advised by the Ministry of Health as an outcome of the meetings held with tourism sector players in Victoria Falls and Harare recently.

The Authority is conducting nationwide awareness campaigns for its staff members on standard operating procedures on preventing contamination and managing suspected cases of COVID 19.

Our Health and Safety department is teaching fellow members on behaviour that enables management of the spread of Coronavirus with particular emphasis to frequent handwashing, reduced physical contact with fellow workers, reporting of suspected cases, enhanced use of electronic communication such as emailing, video conferencing as a substitute to meetings, sanitising of hands at all entry points for staff and social distancing

Hand sanitisers are now available at all our offices while major parks will soon have hand held thermometers to check the temperatures of all persons entering. We request for cooperation during these exercises as it is in the best interest of national health.

Customers are advised that as social distancing is part of the measures used to prevent the spread of the virus, self drive game drives are worth considering as you maintain contact with only those in your social circle for recreational activities, this also includes activities such as fishing and birdwatching or hiking that are not high pedestrian traffic activities.

We shall be monitoring and managing the number of people that enter into high visitor traffic parks at any given time such as Chinhoyi Caves and Victoria Falls in order to avoid crowding that facilitates the practice of social distancing.

We remain committed to ensuring the best wildlife experience to our guests and encourage everyone to alert parks officials where any assistance is required.

COVID -19 PREPAREDNESS PROCEDURE

HIGH RISK

  • Those with immune-suppression(i.e. diabetes, HIV, heart and lung disease)
  • Those who have travelled to high Risk areas e.g. China, Iran, Korea and Italy
    -Those aged 50 years and above

SYMPTOMS

  • Running nose
  • Headache
  • Cough
  • Fever
  • Sore throat
  • Feeling of being unwell
  • Shortness of breath
  • Sneezing
  • Running nose

PREVENTION

  • All Zimparks premises will be equipped with hand sanitizers
  • All Zimparks premises with high tourist/client volumes will be equipped with a thermo imaging camera or non-contact infrared forehead thermometers.
  • All Zimparks staff to undergo COVID-19 Prevention and early symptoms identification training.
  • All employees will be mandatorily required to undergo a quick screening using a hand held thermo camera upon arrival at work premise.
  • All employees will be mandatorily required to hand sanitize on arrival to the work
    premise
  • All clients will also be required to undergo the quick screening and sanitization before entering any Zimparks premises.
  • Hand sanitizers will be placed around all Zimparks Premises and all staff are advised to regularly hand sanitize throughout the working day.
  • Avoid handshakes amongst fellow employees and clients
  • Sanitary wipes should be distributed to all offices to wipe telephones, cellphones, desk surfaces, keyboards,etc

MEASURES TO BE IMPLEMENTED IN CASE OF SUSPECTED COVID -19 INFECTION

If an individual exhibits a temperature higher than 37,5⁰c and has flu like symptoms, that individual is considered to be a risk. Security personnel are to implement the following steps:

  • Individual is to be denied entrance to an ZimParks Facility
  • Isolate the individual from other clients and employees
  • Alert the Area Manager of the Suspected case
  • The Area Manager will immediately alert the Cluster Office, nearest Health Facility, Nearest Ministry of Health and Child Care Office and the ZimParks
    Environmental Health and Safety Department.
  • Cluster Office in liaison with Cooperate Centre, Ministry of Health and Child Care and the Environmental Health and Safety Department will mobilise resources for the removal and quarantine of the suspected individual.
  • Employees that would have come into contact with the suspected individual will be subjected to a 21 day self-quarantine.

USEFUL CONTACTS

  • Wilkins hospital (0242-741 683-4; 740451)
  • Thorngrove hospital (0292 66746)
  • Zimparks Environmental Health and Safety Officer (0719886900)

Click and download the link below for the full procedure manual
Covid – 19 Preparedness Procedure

 

ZIMPARKS RESERVATIONS COVID-19 PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT

Zimparks would like to advise all its valued clients that all accommodation bookings will now be conducted online and via telephone only. Physical reservations shall no longer be provided at the head office until further notice. This is in line with safety precautions being taken to minimize the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) through social distancing.

For any future bookings, kindly click the following link Reservations Contact Details for the contact details

We would like to thank you for your continued support.

ACCOLADES CONTINUE TO POUR FOR REVAMPED ZIMPARKS

IN a Cabinet memorandum dated June 10, 2019, Finance and Economic Development Minister Professor Mtuli Ncube heaped massive praises on the management of the country’s’ wildlife management authority – the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority.

Professor Ncube noted some vast improvements in the manner in which Zimparks was transformed under the able leadership of its Director-General, Mr Fulton Upenyu Mangwanya, who took over the reins on August 2017.

“The team at the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority (Zimparks) has managed to transform the organisation, which was previously dogged by transparency issues and allegations of poor corporate governance, into a reformed entity,” Prof Ncube said in his presentation to Cabinet.

The wildlife management authority recently clinched The Most Improved Parastatal award in 2019, thanks to a raft of measures put in place by Mr. Mangwanya and his team who has also won individual international awards for his sterling efforts in leading a team, which is looking after the country’s most treasured asset.

Zimparks was awarded the accolade at a function in Harare last week. The award came
after a thorough assessment of what the organisation achieved in 2019. Some of the achievements include clearing of the legacy debt of US$25 million, purchasing of several
vehicles for patrol and anti poaching as well as clearing of a 7 month salary backlog.

Before he joined Zimparks, the authority was insolvent and within two years, Zimparks
managed to clear the legacy debt, which had become an elephant in the room.

When Mr Mangwanya joined the authority in 2017, employees had gone for at least seven
months without salaries and that debt was cleared within a year of joining.

There is no doubt that the debt had stalled investment and conservation partnerships and over the last few years, conservation organisations have been stampeding to work with the authority.

ZimParks has also managed to reduce poaching of key species like elephants, rhinos among others despite limited resources.

According to 2016 census the country has an elephant herd of slightly over 84 000 and
has the second largest elephant population in the world.

The continued increase of wildlife population is not an accident but a result of good
management practices led by Zimparks.

Whereas back in 2015, poaching cases topped 400, that number has drastically been reduced to less than 20 in 2019, translating to an 80 percent downward movement.

Zimparks spokesperson, Mr Tinashe Farawo, spoke more about the significance of the debt clearance milestone.

To date, the authority has managed to purchase nearly 100 vehicles for operations. Almost every station of the authority now has an operational vehicle, which has improved patrols in the fight against poaching.

“The clearance of this legacy debt which the current management inherited in 2017, sets the stage for investment in better conservation and improved tourism projects,” said Mr Farawo.

“Three years back we owed about US$25 million to several businesses especially statutory bodies like NSSA and Zimra.

“But the coming in of our new director-general Mr Mangwanya saw the restructuring of the debt and work began on its servicing and this resulted in the clearing of the debt by mid-December 2019.”

Under Mr Mangwanya, ZimParks have opened up new business opportunities and the authority has now entered into partnerships with international organisations, a move that will drive the transformation of some of the country’s national parks.

“The clearing of the debt means that ZimParks will now be able to channel more resources towards conservation efforts and ensure that our animals not only benefit the current generation, but also the future generations,” Mr Farawo added.

To this end, the authority will deploy more manpower to patrol its parks and ensure
wildlife safety from marauding poachers.

At the 2019 Director-General Sports Day held in Nyanga, the need to equip and empower
rangers was raised, in the wake of increased threats on the lives of the people who safeguard the country’s wildlife from menacing poachers. Accordingly, there will be more investment in rangers so that they execute their duties efficiently.

Zimparks lost two game rangers who were found dead in Lake Kariba in
January in a suspected murder case and the authority has also moved to boost the safety of
rangers especially in poaching prone areas.

“There will also be an investment in equipment needed by rangers in executing their duties as well as investing in the authority’s infrastructure to ensure growth in receipts,” said Mr
Farawo.

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CLOSED FOR RENOVATIONS – NYANGA NATIONAL PARK (RHODES CAMP)

We hereby announce the closure of our self catering facility Rhodes Camp in Nyanga National Park for renovations with immediate effect up to May 2020.

Udu Camp and Mare camp will continue operating during the renovation period. This is our thrust to improve tourist experience and enhance domestic tourism. We will introduce more visitor activities and experiences in destination Nyanga.

Any inconvenience caused is sincerely regretted…

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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.