ElephantsThe Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority (ZimParks) says it will increase its monitoring of airports and game parks in an effort to protect wildlife during the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) general assembly next month.

The Authority has a mandate to manage the entire wildlife population of Zimbabwe, whether on private or communal lands. Private landowners can utilize the wildlife on their land subject to expert recommendations from the Authority. Mandated with the protection, management and administration of the wildlife of Zimbabwe, the Authority endeavors to preserve the unique flora and fauna heritage of Zimbabwe.

In a statement a couple of days ago, ZimParks said the event would attract large numbers of tourists, which might prompt some of them to be tempted to engage in illegal wildlife activities.

“Anti-poaching measures are an ongoing activity and are never targeted at one event alone and it is against this background that the authority continues to engage its stakeholders as a way of raising awareness on anti-poaching activities,” said the authority.

The authority advised visitors intending to purchase and export wildlife products to seek advice from the hosts’ wildlife authorities.

“The authority will also deploy more staff to deal with problem animals that might be encountered within Victoria Falls town and at Victoria Falls Airport,” ZimParks said.

ZimParksWildlife products, according to ZimParks, are strictly regulated and all exports require prior grant and presentation of a Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species export permit at all ports of exit and entry into Zimbabwe. The anti-poaching unit which is the back-bone of wildlife conservation with special attention to the endangered species such as the elephant and the rhino both black and white.

According to ZimParks, it was imperative to channel resources and to protect Zimbabwe’s endangered wildlife species such as elephant and rhino.


By: 5VictoriaFalls24

Date: 25 July 2013