By John Nhandara
Zimbabwe’s wildlife species continue to increase despite threats such as climate change, poaching and changes in land use.
This emerged as Zimbabwe joined the rest of the world in commemorating World Wildlife Day this Wednesday with the focus on raising awareness on conserving flora and fauna.
The Minister of Environment, Climate Change, Tourism and Hospitality Industry, Honourable Mangaliso Ndlovu said despite threats on the country’s wildlife, Zimbabwe’s conservation efforts have yielded positive results, with the country boasting of the second largest population in the world.
“As a country we have made huge strides in wildlife conservation in the region and beyond. We have a proud history of sound management that endeavours to preserve the unique flora and fauna,” he said.
African Wildlife Foundation Zimbabwe Country Director, Olivia Mufute and lawyer, Ever Vimbai Chinoda weighed in saying there is need to enforce legislation that protects wildlife species.
“As we mark this day it is important that we conserve our wildlife heritage. Wildlife conservation is of paramount importance and we continue emphasizing the need to raise awareness on wildlife conservation issues,” Mufute said.
Chinoda said, “We need to enforce wildlife legislature and even come up with a one set of legislation that protects wildlife..
Zimbabwe’s wildlife heritage has approximately 350 species of mammals, more than 500 types of birds and 130 fish varieties.