ZIMPARKS STATEMENT ON CORONA VIRUS

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.

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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.