Parks staff poaching elephants in Lowveld

National Parks staff from Chipinda Pools last week shot three elephants in Chiredzi River Conservancy, reports the Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force. It says the conservancy has lost seven elephants in the past 35 days.

The remains of the dead elephants.
The remains of the dead elephants.

ZCTF believes settlers who have invaded the conservancy are working hand in hand with National Parks – herding the elephants into an area for shooting by National Parks. The tusks were taken by National Parks and the meat was given to the settlers.

“This shooting took place despite a no shooting directive from Harare. All the adult cows in the conservancy either have calves or are heavily pregnant and the slaughter of the cows is resulting in many small elephants being left orphaned,” says the task force.

“It appears that National Parks headquarters in Harare are not aware of what their conterparts are doing in the Lowveld and it is of great concern that the guardians of our wildlife are participating in this criminal activity.”

The group has written letters regarding the illegal invasion of the conservancy to the Minister of Environment and Natural Resources, Francis Nhema, The Prime Minister, Morgan Tsvangirai and the Director of National Parks, Vitalis Chadenga. The issue will soon be tabled in Parliament.

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