ZIMBABWE – Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority on Monday recovered 22 elephant tusks, 458 bullets and other accessories after exchange of gunfire with 11 Zambian poachers in Kariba, as the anti-poaching drive goes into overdrive.
There was no casualty although investigations and tracking had intensified, Parks spokesperson Caroline Washaya-Moyo, confirmed last night.
“Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority rangers yesterday (Monday) had an armed contact with 11 poachers from Zambia.
“The contact occurred along the Zambezi River at Sugar Estate crossing point.
“We recovered 22 elephant tusks, 3×458 rounds, 20kgsxmealie-meal, 500g Matemba, 250g salt, 5xtorch batteries, 1x50ml Colgate, 4xtooth brush, ibuprofen tablets, 2xplates, 1xpot, 2xshirts, 1xjacket, 2xsweaters, 2xtrousers, 1xturkey pair, 1xpair rafters, 1xblack satchel, 5xsacks, 2xCaro light cream,’’ she said.
The latest combat with poachers comes at a time when the Government had adopted zero tolerance to poaching and has arrested at least seven suspected poachers since the beginning of the year.