Articles tagged 'elephants'

Rangers, poachers in shoot-out 30 September 2018 HARARE - A suspected elephant poacher was shot dead while two of his colleagues were arrested in Hurungwe after a shoot-out with Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority (ZimParks) rangers on Thursday. The deceased, Artwel Siyonda and his two unnamed colleagues were allegedly caught po...
'Big Five' massacred, driven to extinction 18 September 2017 HARARE – Zimbabwe is home to some of the world's most iconic wild animals, but rampant poaching might wipe them out forever. Authorities have often been caught napping as poachers take advantage of the dry period from September to December when watering holes dry up, forcing animals to congreg...
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...
8 elephants killed by cyanide 21 June 2017 HARARE - At least eight elephants have been killed by suspected poachers using cyanide at Hwange National Park, the businessdaily has learnt. The latest development has brought the number of elephants killed by cyanide in the country to over 300 in the last four years. The Zimbabwe Parks an...
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...
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 loses ivory battle 4 October 2016 HARARE - Zimbabwe's plans to sell off its ivory suffered a huge blow yesterday after members of the global wildlife trade body voted against the country's proposal. Zimbabwe was lobbying together with South Africa and Namibia. “(The meeting) votes in committee against proposals of Namibia a...
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 ...
'More elephants poisoned' 21 September 2016 HARARE - Seven bodies of elephants suspected to have been killed by cyanide poisoning were found in Hwange National Park (Hwange), as the mammals continue to be decimated for their ivory by poachers. Carcasses of the animals, Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force (ZCTF) chairman Johnny Rodrigues sa...
Elephants' poisoning continues: ZimParks 8 August 2014 HARARE - Five elephants have died of cyanide poisoning since January as poachers continue to wreak havoc in national parks, a senior official has said. Jefferson Matipano, acting director of Zimbabwe National Parks and Wildlife Management Authority Parks (ZimParks), told the parliamentary them...
Coal mining didn't cause animal migration — Chinese firm 24 January 2014 HARARE - China Africa Sunlight Energy (Pvt) Ltd has denied that its coal mining activities had caused animals to drift in large numbers into neighbouring Botswana from Gwayi Conservancy and Hwange National Park. There are more than five Chinese mining companies which were recently awarded spec...
Farmers wrangle over elephant royalties 14 December 2013 BULAWAYO - A farmer from Nyamandlovu has taken three colleagues to the Bulawayo civil court over a row on apportioning proceeds from a wildlife sale from their farm. Naison Ndlovu claims that Edward Mufandaedza, Francis Sibanda and Esnath Moyo are not entitled to any wildlife royalties at Groo...
'Airport officials stole my $7 000' 11 December 2013 HARARE - A Chinese national who was nabbed at the Harare International airport after being found in possession of 99kg of ivory has said airport officials stole his money and framed charges against him because he did not consent to bribes. Chen Guoliang was found with ivory worth $28 000 and i...
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...
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...
'Bigwigs involved in cyanide poisoning' 29 October 2013 HARARE - A wildlife conservation organisation kicked out of Hwange National Park has alleged that government bigwigs were involved in the cyanide poisoning of wildlife. More than 100 elephants have died of cyanide poisoning at Hwange National Park in one of the worst poaching atrocities in Zim...
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...
Elephants kill Hwange Park ranger 23 October 2013 HARARE - A Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority ranger was attacked and killed by three elephants at the Hwange National Park yesterday. Lovemore Mpeki Maphosa, 61, of Main Camp, was killed while on patrol with two other rangers. Maphosa was on an extended 10-day patrol that starte...
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...
Cyanide poachers remanded in custody 1 October 2013 BULAWAYO - Two suspected elephant poachers in the on-going cyanide poisoning saga in the Hwange National Park have been remanded in prison following their arrest last week. Clever Khumalo, 44, of Iminyela Flats in Bulawayo and Sipho Mafu, 54, of rural Pelandaba in Tsholotsho, have appeared bef...