Articles tagged 'wildlife'

EU injects $2m to save Zim wildlife 9 April 2018 HARARE - The European Union (EU) has injected close to $2 million into Zimbabwe aimed at reducing poaching and conserving wildlife. African Wildlife Foundation senior communications officer Grace Wairima said the funding will be used for improved anti-poaching and compatible land use in commun...
EASTERN NEWS | Baboons present new woes for timber firms 22 March 2018 MUTARE - Timber companies here have a new problem to deal with — menacing troops of baboons — which have raised fresh fears of affecting the production of pine trees. A  decade ago, the primates severely affected estates in the Eastern Highlands. Most plantations have been ravaged by illegal ...
Grace Mugabe sucked into ivory scam 21 March 2018 HARARE - A State-sanctioned investigation into a massive ivory and rhino horn trafficking scandal that prejudiced the foreign currency-starved nation of millions of United States dollars has sucked in former first lady Grace Mugabe. Read full story in today's paper. [Adz]
Snakes on the prowl in Zim 31 January 2018 HARARE - Poisonous snakes are on the rampage, particularly in the country's snake belt regions, biting 320 people in the first four weeks of the year. Statistics from the ministry of Health and Child Care indicate that, on average, snakes are biting 12 people per day. Between January 1 and ...
Eutelsat, Sigfox Foundation join forces to fight rhino poaching 30 November 2017 HARARE – French-based satellite operator Eutelsat and Sigfox Foundation have joined forces to combat rhino poaching by inserting Global Positioning System (GPS) sensors to 3 000 rhinos over the next three years. This comes as the rhino population has significantly declined due to rampant poach...
Lions kill 3-year-old girl 14 November 2017 HARARE - A three-year-old girl was killed and eaten by two lions in Chiredzi last weekend, while her brother was left fighting for his life in hospital. The Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority (ZimParks) confirmed the incident, saying they had people on the ground investigating th...
Poachers jailed 280 years 7 November 2017 HARARE - Courts in Hwange and Victoria Falls last week sentenced 31 wildlife poachers to a combined 280 years in jail following convictions, the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Authority (ZimParks) said. This comes as the Authority has launched a blitz against poachers, on the back of increased po...
9 years for illegal possession of python skin 25 October 2017 HARARE - Three brothers who were arrested intending to sell a python skin have been slapped with nine-year prison terms each. Happison Kenias Manjoro, 42, Albert Kachomba, 46, Michael Dias Maira, 48, were convicted of contravening the Parks and Wildlife Act which prohibits illegal possession o...
Crocodiles devour 16 people 23 August 2017 HARARE - Crocodiles are proving to be a huge menace in Zimbabwe with 16 people succumbing to horrific attacks by the reptiles in seven months, the Daily News can report. A study by the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority (ZimParks) revealed that 16 people died from croc attacks be...
Poachers poison 7 elephants 22 August 2017 HARARE - Zimbabwean rangers have found the bodies of seven elephants that were poisoned with cyanide in the country’s Hwange National Park. Rangers found the carcasses of the elephants in Hwange park’s Sikumi Forestry area in Dete, spokeswoman for the Forestry Commission Violet Makoto said yes...
9 years for python skin belt 29 July 2017 HARARE - A Harare man was slapped with a nine-year prison term after being busted selling a python skin belt without a licence. Kingston Gwenzi, 29, of Highfield pleaded guilty to charges of contravening the Parks and Wildlife Act. Gwenzi said he was unaware that having the snake skin was i...
China moves to end illegal wildlife trade 13 June 2017 HARARE - China, which recently announced plans to ban its domestic legal ivory trade, said it is committed to end illegal wildlife trade in Zimbabwe and the world. The Chinese Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Huang Ping, said his government attaches great importance to protecting wildlife species and c...
Snakebites claim 38 13 April 2017 HARARE - At least 38 people have died from snakebites since January this year, Health ministry permanent secretary Gerald Gwinji told Parliament recently. This comes as the Meteorological Services Department (Met) has warned residents to be on the look-out for the reptiles which are leaving th...
Anthrax detected in wildlife 13 April 2017 HARARE - The scores of hippos that have died in Binga since last week succumbed to a vicious strain of anthrax, the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Authority (ZimParks) said. Villagers who have been feasting on the mammals' carcasses could be in danger of contracting the deadly disease. The are...
'Sedated' lion terrorises Kariba 15 February 2017 HARARE - A lion that was supposed to have been sedated caused chaos in the resort town of Kariba last week, after it unexpectedly woke up and charged at curious onlookers who had gathered to watch wildlife experts treating its wounds. More than 500 residents of Nyamhunga Township, who had gath...
Desperate baboons feed on tobacco 5 February 2017 HURUNGWE - Intelligent and thus highly adaptable, baboons have added another cuisine to their growing menu of delicacies, this time the country's most priced cash crop — tobacco. With agricultural practice lacking concern for ecological balance, these Chocma monkeys are reaping revenge on farm...
Embrace wildlife conservation practices 26 January 2017 EDITOR — It makes sad reading to hear claims by locals that the number of elands in Chimanimani Eland Sanctuary is fast dwindling amid fears of rampant poaching activities. Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority (ZimParks) should get tough on poaching activities not only at the eland...
Poachers decimate Zim elephants 4 January 2017 HARARE - Elephant population in northern Zimbabwe's Sebungwe District has declined by 75 percent due to poaching in the last decade, a wildlife conservation group Bumi Hills Foundation (BHF) has said. BHF — a non-profit organisation based in Kariba — said poaching was wreaking havoc in wildlif...
Zim cheetah makes global news 23 December 2016 HARARE - Zimbabwe's wildlife continues to make international news, after a six-year-old cheetah at Hwange National Park became the latest global newsmaker this week following the tragic and widely reported death of Cecil the lion last year. The Hwange cheetah is believed to be among a most sel...
Muchinguri fumes 12 October 2016 HARARE - Environment minister Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri says countries that control and manipulate lives of animals in zoos should not be allowed to decide the fate of those that have a wildlife heritage. An angry Muchinguri-Kashiri was speaking in the aftermath of the 17th meeting of the Confe...
'Feeding on baboons common' 25 September 2016 HARARE - Deep in the arid Masvingo Province lies the remote district of Mwenezi where villagers have resorted to feeding on baboons, shockingly claiming its not out of hunger. The area, which falls under the country's natural farming region five — characterised by high temperatures and low rai...
Zim, SA push for right to sell ivory 24 September 2016 HARARE - Zimbabwe, South Africa and Namibia will argue for the right to sell ivory at an international wildlife conference that starts today in Johannesburg. They are opposed by about 30 African countries that want to tighten an international ban on the ivory trade. China, the world's main ...
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...
Humans, wildlife competing for space 25 February 2014 HARARE - Clive Stockil, an international award-winning conservationist, has said Zimbabwe is fast becoming too small for wildlife as animals compete for space with humans amid alarming poaching. Presenting a lecture at celebrations of his lifetime award in Harare last week, Stockil said acres ...