Zimparks dismisses claims Mopane the lion was killed

By Mhlomuli Ncube 

The Zimbabwe National Parks and Wildlife Management Authority (Zimparks) has scoffed at efforts by some non-governmental organisations to discredit the country’s conservation efforts.

This comes after recent claims that a 12-year-old lion named Mopane was killed on the outskirts of Hwange National Park.

However, the Zimbabwe National Parks and Wildlife Management Authority (Zimparks) has put the record straight.

“These are voices of people who speak without knowledge. Some do not even know those lions nor understand the dynamics of how they are kept. All hunting is legal and allowed under Cites Appendix 2 and it is purely done for conservation purposes,” said Zimparks Spokesperson Tinashe Farawo.

With Zimparks clear that hunting is done for conservation purposes, it is also not debatable that a 12-year-old lion is considered too old and incapable of surviving in the jungle.

It has also emerged that Zimbabwe does not have a lion with the name “Mopane” at Hwange National Park.

What is clear though is that if ever a 12-year-old lion was killed around Hwange National park, facts point at nothing sinister or criminal.