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South Africa: Twenty-five slaughtered elephants later, tourists in a viewing boat come under poachers’ gunfire

South Africa: Twenty-five slaughtered elephants later, tourists in a viewing boat come under poachers’ gunfire

By Tony Carnie, Daily Maverick Tourists viewing elephants from a boat on the Jozini/Pongolapoort Dam in northern KwaZulu-Natal ducked for cover on Wednesday as suspected elephant poachers opened fire. Eight foreign tourists and four South Africans came under gunfire attack on a double-decker floating tour boat in KwaZulu-Natal on Wednesday — unwitting bystanders in a broader drama involving the recent slaughter of at least 20 elephants from a wandering herd now “trapped” on the borderline between Eswatini and South Africa. The tourists — who came under fire shortly after 10.30am on the...

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Zimbabwe: Six Elephants Found Dead Near Victoria Falls

Zimbabwe: Six Elephants Found Dead Near Victoria Falls

By Pindula Six elephants that include four adults and two calves were recently found dead in a forest near Victoria Falls. Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority (Zimparks) spokesperson Tinashe Farawo said they are ruling out poaching because the carcasses were found with their tusks intact. As a result, Zimparks was conducting investigations to ascertain the cause of death. Said Farawo: We can confirm the death of six elephants in a forest near Victoria Falls. When the carcasses were found, the ivory was intact. We are investigating the cause of the death of these elephants. We...

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Reaction units reduce poaching: ZimParks

Reaction units reduce poaching: ZimParks

By Obert Siamilandu, News Day Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority (ZimParks) says the establishment of reaction units in Mana Pools National Park has reduced poaching levels and wildlife trafficking in the area. Speaking to NewsDay during a media tour organised by the African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) recently, Mid Zambezi Cluster regional manager Felix Chimeramombe said they also use drone technology in the fight against poachers. “As such, we have been experiencing problems of wildlife poaching, especially wildlife of high value like the elephants whereby in the 1900s, we were...

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Zambia & Zimbabwe: Poaching in Kariba worries authorities

Zambia & Zimbabwe: Poaching in Kariba worries authorities

Sydney Kawadza, The Standard Zimbabwean  authorities are working with their Zambian counterparts to tackle increased illegal fishing in Lake Kariba which has led to dwindling fish catches.  This emerged during a recent media tour organised by the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority (ZimParks) and African Parks at Matusadonha National Park. It was revealed that authorities confiscated more than 100 canoes around the park, with some impounded from Zambian poachers. According to African Parks, law enforcement agents arrested 300 poachers in 2021. Speaking to journalists...

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