Poaching levels decrease: Zimparks

Environment Reporter , Prince Meke |  1 year ago | local

Zimbabwe has witnessed a significant decline in wildlife poaching in the last five years owing to effective conservation methods.

According to the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management, robust anti-poaching systems which include increased patrols and use of modern communication technologies has seen the country recording successes.

In an interview with Star FM News, in Mana pools recently, Zimparks Senior Area Manager Edmore Ngosi said despite the reduction levels in poaching, rangers continue being alert for any emerging threats.

"We will continue to monitor and protect the wild animals from poachers since wildlife plays a pivotal role in the country's tourism sector," he said

"The success in reducing poaching over the past five years has been a result of government efforts supported by other conservation partners.

"These efforts have resulted in the improvement of communication for the rangers as witnessed through the use of digital radio systems, migrating from analogue."

Mr Ngosi added that as a result of support from partners such as the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the country has also seen more efforts being directed towards addressing human wildlife conflicts.

 The UNDP has been extending support which include uniforms for rangers, ambulances, hunting guns, digital radio system and 

all terrain vehicles to improve operations by Zimparks rangers.

It has also introduced drones and helicopter patrols in major game reserve including Hwange National Park.

Zimbabwe is one of the leading countries in the region that has been successful in animal conservation.

It is home to various animals including the big five - elephant, lion, rhinoceros, cheetah and buffalos that have attracted international tourists pivoting the sector towards a $US5 billion tourism sector by 2025.