lions.jpgA call has been made for Zimbabweans to stop commercial activities as well as resettling in the country’s parks and wildlife areas, as this disrupts the ecosystem and the habitat of wildlife in those areas while negatively impacting on the country’s tourism which is wildlife-based.

The settling of people in wildlife conservancies in such areas as Hwange, Gonarezhou, Matetsi and Chiredzi among others has been described as a drawback to the growth of Zimbabwe’s tourism which is wildlife.

Environment and Natural Resources Management Minister, Francis Nhema said domestic and commercial activities in conservancies disrupt wildlife and conservation programmes.

He said government has moved in to solve the wildlife-based land reform problems currently being experienced throughout the country adding that the 700 families of Chitsa clan in Gonarezhou have agreed to be settled elsewhere.

Parks and Wildlife Management Board Member, Jerry Gotora said people should not be settled in designated wildlife areas as they are not ordinary agricultural farms.

Reports say in areas where domestic and commercial activities are taking place in wildlife conservancies, animals are moving and crossing to the neighbouring countries as their habitat has been disrupted a move that has raised a lot of concern from government and the industries linked to wildlife management.

Currently the Chitsa families in Gonarezhou who have stayed in the area for 11 years have been fenced in by government to protect them and their crops from wildlife.