Matetsi Conservation projects on course

By ZBC Reporter

Matetsi Victoria Falls Game Reserve has embarked on several conservation projects that have resulted in a thriving and expanding wildlife reserve, including setting an anti-poaching unit.

The conservation projects include the sinking of solar powered boreholes that provide water for the man-made wildlife watering holes.

In an interview with ZBC News Matetsi Co-founder Sar Gardner highlihhted that a scout programme to combat wildlife poaching has also been set up.

Matetsi private game reserve is in the heart of the KAZA Transfrontier the Okavango Zambezi Transfrontier is the largest Transfrontier in the world. There are no fences so it means that this pristine wilderness is in the middle of an even more massive in-comprehensive vast area and wildlife risk free from this area to Hwange to Chobe. Our remote entities the solar pumped borehole in the bush have been targeted and solar panels have stolen and you can think someone is just stealing but if those panels are not there we are not pumping water so you are actually stealing from the lively woods of the wildlife so you are stealing from the animals. So that is actually one of the reasons that we set up our scout team and our anti-poaching unit,she said.

She also indicated that the scouts will help in eliminating theft which is a major threatre to the conservancy.

A lot of theft of our infrastructure so these scouts not only will be protecting wildlife but protecting the assets that we have here at Matetsi,she added.

The Matetsi projects have resulted in an increase in number of wildlife species being spotted in the game reserve, thus spurring the tourism sector in the country’s tourism capital.

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