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Zimbabwe: Massive transformation for Hwange National Park partner pumps in US$5 million

Zimbabwe: Massive transformation for Hwange National Park partner pumps in US$5 million

By The New Zimbabwe The 2019 five-year agreement between International Fund for Animal Welfare (Ifaw) and Zimparks, committed to funding conservation efforts in the giant Hwange National Park for US$1 million per year,  is bearing fruit as witnessed by the massive transformation going on in the reserve. So far, Ifaw has poured US$2 million for projects at Hwange National Park, including the rehabilitation of the 100km road from Main Camp to Makona Camp. The development implies that its is now easier for authorities to respond to cases of poaching and problem animals. For animal health,...

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Kenya: Farmers Opt for Sunflowers to Keep Jumbos Away

Kenya: Farmers Opt for Sunflowers to Keep Jumbos Away

By Wagema Mwangi, Kenya News Agency From the top of Sagalla hills, a few kilometers outside the Tsavo East National Park, Kajire village and its environs are transformed into a rippling carpet of green landscape that stretches for miles towards all horizons. The land lies brooding and untouched. In the distance, the raised Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) tracks shimmer faintly in the midday haze like a colored thread snaking its way across the expansive Tsavo plains and disappearing into infinity. It is breathtaking scenery. Depending on the season, this nature’s beauty comes and goes. During...

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Community participation key to reducing wildlife crime in Zimbabwe

Community participation key to reducing wildlife crime in Zimbabwe

By The Independent Improving community attitudes towards conservation and making them guardians of the environment can reduce wildlife crimes, conservationists in Zimbabwe have said. Communities’ participation in managing the natural environment is key, as locals also adopt management behaviours that lessen conflicts where animals pose a direct and recurring threat to the livelihood and safety of people. Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority (ZimParks) Principal Wildlife Intelligence Officer, Amos Gwema, said the participation of local communities is essential for the success of...

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Illegal Ivory Tusks Seized in Netherlands

Illegal Ivory Tusks Seized in Netherlands

By Agence France Presse Dutch law officials seized several elephant tusks worth tens of thousands of euros in a probe into illegal ivory smuggling, police said on Thursday. In their latest haul, police and customs officers intercepted 85 kilogrammes (187 pounds) of ivory, valued at around 50,000 euros ($52,000) in the port city of Rotterdam. "We are suspecting illegal organised trading in ivory," police said, after opening a probe earlier this year. The investigation was triggered when a postal company noted a large and suspicious package containing a wooden crate. Inside, police found a...

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