There has been a marked decline in the number of elephants lost due to poaching this year owing to effective anti-poaching mechanisms.

Statistics provided by the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority (Zimparks) show that the number of elephants lost due to poaching declined from 53 in 2017 to 12 this year.

This is a positive development in as far as protecting the country’s endangered species including elephants is concerned.

“Due to our effective anti-poaching techniques, the authority has made significant strides in protecting elephants. There were 12 armed contacts between rangers in 2017 compared to only 9 this year,” said Tinashe Farawo, Zimparks Public Relations Manager.

Zimparks is concerned by the of lack resources at its disposal to totally combat poaching.