Nehanda Radio

Zimbabwe Wildlife rangers

A suspected elephant poacher was shot dead while two of his colleagues were

arrested in Hurungwe after a shoot-out with Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife

Management Authority (ZimParks) rangers on Thursday.

The deceased, Artwel Siyonda and his two unnamed colleagues were allegedly

caught poaching in Hurungwe Park when the incident occurred.

ZimParks public relations manager Tinashe Farawo confirmed the incident.

“Our officers were on patrol and they came across these poachers.

“The poachers started firing at our rangers triggering a fight back which

resulted in the unfortunate loss of life.

“We value human life, we don?t want to lose human lives unnecessarily but

when we are left with no option, we will fight back,”he said.

Farawo urged people to desist from poaching activities at National Parks

and protected areas.

“We are saying to poachers and everyone else that National Parks are

protected, they are no go areas especially for poaching activities.

“If you are found in those places, you will be arrested and if you resist

you will be shot,” he said.

He said ZimParks has declared zero tolerance to poaching and will guard

jealously natural resources not only for the benefit of this generation but

also for the benefit of future generations adding that since the

organisation is mandated to protect animals, it will do so with all its

might.

He called on partners to continue supporting ZimParks in a bid to conserve

wildlife.

“The only challenge that we have is that we do not have much resources and

we are constrained with resources in terms of our patrol vehicles.

“We are calling partners to continue supporting our conservation efforts to

ensure that we remain one of the top countries in the world with rich

wildlife resources so that we can also attract more tourists in line with

our government policy.

“Tourism is one of our low hanging fruits and we can always do so if we

sustainably conserve our wildlife for the benefit of those tourists,” he

said.

Meanwhile a 40-year-old German tourist was killed by an elephant at Mana

Pools National Park while taking selfies on Wednesday.