Zimbabwe Records 60 Death Caused By Human-Wildlife conflict:
The country has recorded 60 deaths caused by human-wildlife conflict since the beginning of the year.
According to Zbc news online, This conflict has remained a major concern for those communities who co-exist with wild animals. This comes as statistics have recorded 50 other people who have sustained serious injuries.
Also recorded figures from Zim Parks and Wildlife Management Authority (ZIMPARKS) states that more than 1500 calls have been received from different communities of people who will be facing challenges from wild animals.
In an interview, Tinashe Farawo Zimparks Public Relations Manager stated that nearly all these cases occurred during the dry season.
“This year alone we have lost about 60 people in human-wildlife conflict and nearly 50 have been injured,” he said.
“Most of the cases have been reported primarily during the dry months of the year, which means starting from September, October until the onset of the rainy season we do not have enough food in parks so the animals move from the protected area to communities.”
During a visit to Hwange and Binga, Environment, Climate, Tourism and Hospitality Industry Minister, Honourable Mangaliso Ndlovu, mentioned that human-wildlife policy is on the cards, with public consultations set to start soon.
“We will soon be embarking on the outreach programme to gather views as we do our human-wildlife policy.
“We have strong lessons from this trip on some of the practical experiences of our communities. I remember yesterday passing a huge head of elephants, I think they were more than 80, and just two kilometres down the road there are communities. You can imagine this is their everyday life.”
Wild animals have also been reported to have also contributed to habitat loss.
According to conservationists, elephant over-population remains a major headache for the wildlife-rich Southern African countries.