The Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority (Zimparks) has intensified the anti-poaching awareness campaign in Matabeleland North Province with a view to remind the communities of the important role they should play in wildlife conservation.

Zimparks which has declared war on poachers held a one day anti-poaching awareness campaign in Mbizha area of Jambezi as part of the ongoing efforts to engage relevant stakeholders who include members of the community in the fight against the poaching scourge.

Chief Shana of Jambezi in Hwange said the recent killing of 13 elephants using cyanide should see a coordinated response by stakeholders and highlighted the significance of sustainable management of the country rich wildlife heritage.

Zimparks wildlife officer, Mr Matthew Muleya and ZRP community relations and liaison officer, Constable Kizito Makuvire highlighted the dangers of cyanide to the environment and appealed to the community to assist the law enforcement agencies with useful information in the fight against poaching.

Villagers and traditional leaders described the awareness campaign as informative and pledged to take stewardship of the wildlife heritage.

The villagers were encouraged to form anti-poaching and veld fire committees as part of efforts to ensure sustainable utilisation of the country natural resources.