parks vitalis chadenga.pngConcerns have been raised over the failure by the Parks and Wildlife Management Authority to prioritise placing supporting infrastructure development in wildlife conservation, which is currently being affected by droughts which have been linked to climate change.

The country’s wildlife has been severely affected by shortages of food and water which have been linked to climate change.

 

Cases of elephants, rhinos and buffaloes wandering away from parks and destroying people’s crops in search of food and water have been reported in several parts of the country.

 

Villagers have also been at the receiving end as lions have resorted to attacking domestic animals which are soft targets.

However, the Parks and Wildlife Management Authority, which is responsible for protecting the country’s wildlife has been blamed for not doing enough to mitigate such effects.

 

CAMPFIRE Executive Director, Mr. Charles Jonga said the country’s wildlife could suffer irreparably if urgent strategies are not developed to counter the effects of climate change.

Asked why his organisation has not started drilling boreholes and constructing dams as well as planting grazing grass as mitigation and adaptation measures which some countries are doing, Parks and Wildlife Management Authority Director General, Mr. Vitals Chadenga said funds to carry out such conservation work are limited.

Zimbabwe’s national parks are mostly in dry regions where the amount of rainfall received is low.

 

Due to droughts and the drying up of rivers, animals end up migrating, thus severely depleting the number of the country’s wildlife population.