Hwange National Park wins fight against poaching

By Mhlomuli Ncube

Partnerships between Zimparks and conservationists are bearing fruit, with country’s biggest game reserve Hwange National Park going for three years without a single elephant poaching incident.

The Hwange National Park is home to more than 45 000 elephants.

As the herd continues to increase, Zimbabwe is basking in the glory of successful conservation efforts, with support from management partners.

Zimparks spokesperson, Tinashe Farawo said, “In northwest Matabeleland, the areas around Hwange National Park, which is our biggest national park, we have not lost a single elephant due to poaching. This is the result of the partnerships we are pursuing in that area. We are working with a lot of conservation partners who are equipping our rangers and assisting our anti-poaching patrols.”

However, new challenges are emerging as the elephant population continues increase.

“We are slowly moving away from the problems of poaching, but the biggest threat to our wildlife is now climate change, habitat loss and many others.”

Away from the once reckless cyanide poisoning and other poaching menaces, the game frontier is now glaring at these huge elephant populations scrounging for foliage and water.

This reality is informing Zimbabwe’s argument that conservation should be self-funding; hence the country maintains the stance on the need to sell its huge ivory stockpiles.