Wildlife worth millions killed

An estimated 151 wild animals, worth $5,294,000, were killed by poachers between January and April this year, the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority has revealed.

The authority’s Public Relations Manager, Caroline Washaya Moyo, told The Zimbabwean that one white and 10 black rhinos worth$360 000 were killed in both national and private estates during this period.

Washaya Moyo said during the same period, a total of 71 elephants and seven buffaloes worth $70,000 were killed in the national parks.Other animals killed for the pot include one eland, five zebras, seven crocodiles, 24 impalas, six Nyalas, four warthogs and two waterbuck.

Washaya Moyo said despite limited resources, her department had come up with a number of strategies to ensure the protection of the country’s wildlife.These include Intensive Protection Zones for the protection of rhinos, cross-border collaboration, and crime workshops. The Authority is carrying out aerial surveys as well as ground water hole censuses with assistance from MIKE-CITES, Frankfurt Zoological Society, Save Australia and AWF.

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