tuskA total of 30 poachers from Zambia gained illegal entry into Hwange and Zambezi National Parks on two separate occasions last week. Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority Public Relations Manager Caroline Washaya-Moyo said one of the poachers was shot and killed during a contact with Parks rangers while two others were injured and captured.27 others escaped, of the 27 poachers 1 escaped into Botswana while the remained escaped into Zambia.

Washaya-Moyo added that Parks rangers had alerted their counterparts of the escaped poachers.

The following items were recovered in the two incidences

1X0.375 rifle

1X0.458 rifle

14 rounds of ammunition.

3 cell phones

28 sacks containing clothes and food items

37 elephant tusks valued at US$110 960.00 weighing 693.5 kilograms.

Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority is working with Zimbabwe Republic Police and has since deployed a total of 62 more rangers and 28 ZRP officers in the two areas.

Investigations are continuing.

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