Articles tagged 'poaching'

482 'poachers' nabbed 11 January 2017 HARARE - About 482 people were arrested for wildlife poaching in 2016, a sharp increase from 378 nabbed in the previous year. According to Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority (Zimparks), among those arrested were 443 Zimbabweans, 31 Zambians, seven Mozambicans and one South Africa...
Poacher jailed after citizen's arrest 21 December 2016 HARARE - A suspected poacher — 41-year-old Innocent Nyathi — has been jailed for nine years following a citizen's arrest near Hwange National Park. He was found in possession of three kilogrammes of cyanide and raw ivory upon his apprehension. Nyathi's colleague, yet to be identified, escap...
'Copper cables threat to wildlife' 11 April 2016 HARARE - Detached copper cables hanging from rusty telephone poles and broken exchange boxes are posing constant danger to wildlife and providing ready tools for poachers to trap animals, a wildlife organisation has said. Kariba Animal Welfare Fund Trust (KAWFT) said they have been pointing ou...
Zim must up fight against poachers 16 February 2016 HARARE - Zimbabwe must reciprocate the international community's support in the fight against illegal poaching. This comes after the director-general of Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority (ZimParks) Edson Chidziya told Parliament yesterday that poaching in the country's nature re...
Top comedian Ncube lines up 'anti-poaching' gig 13 February 2016 HARARE - Zimbabwe's leading stand-up comedian, Carl Joshua Ncube, will perform at the Victoria Falls Safari Lodge Amphitheatre tonight in an event that seeks to raise funds for the Victoria Falls Anti-Poaching Unit (VFAPU). Ncube is delighted that the charity event dubbed “Wild, Wild Valentine...
Cecil's slaughter angers Mugabe 11 August 2015 HARARE - President Robert Mugabe has blasted wildlife authorities accusing them of failing to protect the world’s most famous lion, Cecil which was brutally killed by American dentist, Walter Palmer at Hwange National Park recently. Mugabe came out guns blazing yesterday during Heroes Day comm...
Africa's elephant, rhino poaching worth $380m 3 March 2015 JOHANNESBURG - The proceeds of elephant and rhino poaching in Africa are currently equivalent to as much as $380 million, the United Nations Congress on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora said. Poaching of elephants for ivory, which is reducing the population of ...
'We've reached Vic Falls!' 1 August 2014 HARARE - Two people, two bicycles, 1x2 wheel drive vehicle with just two backup crew and the utmost strength and determination of this amazing little team, to complete a 3600km journey along the boundary of Zimbabwe riding approximately 100km a day with the journey taking seven weeks to complete....
Cycling Zim's entire border for anti-poaching 5 July 2014 HARARE - Three local cyclists have teamed up with leading Zimbabwean motor company Dulys to stage a 3 600km ride along the entire border of Zimbabwe in an anti-poaching awareness initiative. Dubbed “Zim-boundary Cycle Challenge Against Poaching”, the gruelling ride, to take approximately seven...
Cyanide poaching: Pair acquitted 12 January 2014 BULAWAYO - Two suspected elephant poachers in the on-going cyanide saga that saw more than 100 elephants at the Hwange National Park being killed last year have been acquitted. Clever Khumalo, 44 and Sipho Mafu, 54 were found not guilty when they appeared before a Bulawayo regional magistrate ...
Chinese ivory dealer fined 3 December 2013 HARARE - A Chinese national who was nabbed at Harare International Airport after being found in possession of ivory artifacts has been fined $150. Feng Dejin was found guilty of contravening sections of the Parks and Wildlife Act which prohibit dealing or possessing ivory artifacts without a l...
Ivory dealer trial resumes 29 November 2013 HARARE - The trial of a Chinese national apprehended at Harare International Airport after  being found in possession of 99kg of ivory commenced yesterday. Chen Guoliang was found with ivory worth $28 000 and is accused of contravening the Parks and Wildlife Act, for illegal possession of ivor...
Chinese ivory dealer denied bail 20 November 2013 HARARE - A Chinese national accused of illegally possessing 99kg of ivory worth $28 000 will remain in custody, after a High Court judge denied him bail. High Court judge Owen Tagu, in a ruling delivered on his behalf by Justice Esther Muremba, threw out Chen Guoliang's request to be freed on ...
D-day for Chinese ivory 'dealer' 15 November 2013 HARARE - High Court judge Emmy Tsanga will today rule on a bail application filed by a Chinese national accused of illegally possessing 99kg of ivory worth $28 000. Chen Guoliang was arrested at the Harare International Airport attempting to board a plane to China and is accused of contravenin...
Chinese ivory dealer bail hearing deferred 12 November 2013 HARARE - A Chinese national arrested at the Harare International Airport after being found in possession of 99kg of ivory worth $28 000 remains in custody waiting for the deliberation of his bail application on Thursday. Chen Guoliang is accused of contravening the Parks and Wildlife Act, afte...
Chinese ivory dealer lodges bail appeal 9 November 2013 HARARE - A Chinese national who was arrested at the Harare International Airport with 99kg of ivory worth $28 000 has appealed to the High Court for bail. Chen Guoliang is accused of contravening the Parks and Wildlife Act, after being found in illegal possession of ivory. He faces another ...
Elephant poachers jailed 11 years each 30 October 2013 HARARE - A Zimbabwe court has sentenced two poachers to at least 11 years in prison each for illegal possession of ivory and two firearms. Hwange magistrate Dambudzo Munati sentenced 54-year-old Isaac Phiri and Johanne Musaka, 31,  to 11 years in prison for killing elephants. Caroline Washa...
Asian ivory smuggler to stay behind bars 25 October 2013 HARARE - A Harare magistrate has remanded in custody a Chinese national who was arrested on Monday at the Harare International Airport  after being found in possession of 99kg of ivory worth $28 000. Chen Guoliang is accused of contravening the Parks and Wildlife Act, after being found in ille...
Chinese envoy raps ivory smugglers 25 October 2013 HARARE - China has slammed its nationals' involved in illegal ivory smuggling saying they should be severely punished. Earlier this week, Chen Guoliang was arrested at Zimbabwe's main airport trying to smuggle ivory out of the country, after reports of hundreds of elephants being poisoned at H...
$28 000 ivory seized 22 October 2013 HARARE - An Asian national was yesterday arrested at the Harare International Airport for illegal possession of ivory, Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority confirmed yesterday. The Asian national is 34 years old and is a truck driver in his country of origin. He was found with 1...
Suspected poachers found with over $20 000 worth of bounty 14 October 2013 BULAWAYO - Two hunters have been arrested  after being found snaring wild animals at a farm in Shangani, Fort Rixon. Merchard Sibanda, 18 and Crowd Sibanda, 23 last week appeared before Bulawayo magistrate Gladmore Mushove facing charges of illegal hunting. The two pleaded not guilty and we...
Poaching threatens Campfire programme 9 October 2013 HARARE - Escalating poaching levels in Zimbabwe have negatively affected the Community Areas Management Programme for Indigenous Resources (Campfire) programme set up to benefit communities from tourism. The Campfire programme was introduced to guard against poaching as communities will be saf...
Anti-poaching laws should be stiffer 30 September 2013 EDITOR — I am one of the people that love our environment and would help in all ways to see to it that our environment and our wildlife are conserved. I was disturbed by the recent Hwange cyanide poisoning incident which  caused a serious ecological disaster. This disaster  will be difficul...