Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority learnt with shock and sadness that an employee with Somabula Safaris was last night attacked and killed by lions in Matusadonha.The employee, name supplied,was killed by three lionesses on the 4th of September while docking the company house boat (Somabula House boat). Matusadonha field station was immediately informed and went to attend the scene as one of the lionesses has a collar. Rangers tried to scare the predators by firing shots resulting in two of the three lionesses were being wounded.
Today,5 September, two lionesses have already been killed; the other is being tracked down. Parks rangers also secured the area while awaiting the arrival of the police to attend the scene.
Todate 5 people have been killed while 12 have been injured country-wide owing to human wildlife conflict. Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority appeals to the public to respect the distance between themselves and wildlife and to always report the presence of wildlife in their areas to the local traditional leadership,the police or Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority offices.
Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority is going to continue to hold awareness campaign programmes with communities with view to minimizing human wildlife conflict cases while increasing public safety.
The Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority library holds one of the country's most specialized collection on wildlife management, ecology and natural resources. The main objective of the library is to effectively service the specialized information requirements of the staff and members of the public.
The library is located within the Zimbabwe Parks headquarters at the Botanical Gardens in Harare, corner Borrowdale Road and Sandringham Drive. Apart from the Head Office library, the Authority has the following Regional and Station libraries: Mushandike College of Wildlife Management, Lake Kariba Research Institute, Bulawayo Regional Office, Sengwa Wildlife Research Institute and Bolton Atlantica
Apart from providing services to members of staff, the library is also open to members of the public. Researchers in the field of wildlife and environmental management, students from local universities and colleges from part of the library user community. Students are advised to bring with them letters of confirmation of the programmes they are researching on and their request to use the library. Learner guides and professional hunters' students also form part of the library user group.
Photocopying and Binding Services
Photocopying and binding services are also available in the library. Photocopying costs one dollar (US$1.00) for 20 sheets while binding (spiral) costs two dollars (US$2.00).
Use of Library and Open Hours
The library fees are as follows: US$30.00 per quarter of year per individual and US$100.00 per organization per quarter. Members of staff from organizations who will have paid institutional membership need not necessarily pay to use the library. They need to produce Identity particulars indicating that they are employees of that organization. The library is open for members of staff from Mondays to Fridays from 0900hrs to 1630hrs. It is closed for lunch from 1300hrs to 1400hrs. It is open for members of the public on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 0900hrs to 1630hrs.
PRESS STATEMENT BY THE MINISTER OF ENVIRONMENT WATER AND CLIMATE HON SAVIOUR KASUKUWERE ON THE POISONING OF FOUR ELEPHANTS IN ZAMBEZI NATIONAL PARK.
The Minister of Environment Water and Climate Hon Saviour Kasukuwere has condemned in the strongest terms the killing of four elephants using cyanide in Zambezi National Park recently. Cde Kasukuwere has urged Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority to work tirelessly in ensuring that the perpetrators are brought to book.
He stressed that government will not tolerate the continued decimation of the country’s wildlife by poachers using chemicals adding that all effort will be directed at ensuring that the culprits are apprehended.
He further ordered the Authority to deploy manpower in the affected area and to collaborate with other Agencies such as EMA, the Vet department, the Zimbabwe Republic Police and the Ministry of Health and Child Care.
The poachers poisoned natural salt licks in the Zambezi National Park and this resulted in the deaths of other species such as one cape turtle dove, one sand grouse and a vulture.
Minister Kasukuwere warned poachers that the long arm of the law will catch up with them and that stiffer penalties should be passed in all cases involving wildlife crime countrywide. Hon Kasukuwere appealed to communities that reside adjacent to wildlife to value the country’s wildlife heritage. He further appealed to them not to habour poachers and not to illegally keep hazardous substances without authority as they are not only dangerous to animals but also human beings.
Minister Kasukuwere urged the corporate sector to come on board and increase support for wildlife conservation efforts in the country.
Minister Kasukuwere instructed the Environmental Management Agency (EMA) and other relevant Authorities to quickly rehabilitate the poisoned sites.
Minister Kasukuwere stressed that government will not tolerate the continued decimation of the country’s wildlife by poachers using chemicals. He added that all effort will be directed at ensuring that the culprits are apprehended.