Kirsty appointed pangolin ambassador

HARARE - Saviour Kasukuwere, Environment, Water and Climate minister, has appointed Zimbabwean swimming icon and former world record holder Kirsty Coventry a pangolin ambassador.

Kasukuwere said the appointment is with effect from January 1 and is effective for three years.

He said the responsibility has been bestowed on the Olympic champion because of her passion for wildlife and the pride with which she represents the nation in other activities.

Kasukuwere said he was confident that she would represent Zimbabwe’s wildlife with equal pride and make a positive impact towards conservation of the country’s wildlife.

Pangolins are specially protected and are threatened with extinction because of massive illegal trafficking going on.

It is illegal to remove pangolins from their natural habitat for whatever reason.

The illegal killing and illegal possession of a pangolin carries a mandatory nine-year sentence.

In 2014, 10 people were arrested after they were found with pangolins they had removed from the wild.

Coventry is widely regarded as the most successful Zimbabwe sportsperson with four medals scooped at the Athens Olympic Games and three in Beijing China.

Comments (3)

She probably does not even know the Shona name of the pangolin and its significance in Zimbabwean life. Desperate politicians come up with desperate solutions.

Chenjerai Hove - 18 July 2014

Now look at that!!! Good that she is associated with such a protected and endangered species. When it comes to owning land the white community suddenly ceases to be Zimbabwean!!! Haa Zanu vakomana!!!

Jomo - 18 July 2014

Kana iye Kirsty wacho anopenga....anenge achiti arikuitei....ko elephant ambassador diyani

LOLO - 21 July 2014

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