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SOS Rhino : In the News : Archived News : April 2002 : Rhinos targeted near Zim farm invasion sites
 

Rhinos targeted near Zim farm invasion sites

 


April 17 2002 at 05:44 AM

Harare - More than 50 rhinos have reportedly been snared or killed by cartels working in cahoots with newly resettled villagers on farms adjacent to wildlife conservancies, a state daily reported on Tuesday.

The Herald quoted Environment and Tourism Minister Francis Nhema as saying that there had been an unprecedented level of poaching on some farms over the past few months by people taking advantage of the country's land reforms.

The animals killed included both black and white rhinos, said the report.

Nearly Z$100-million (about R20-million) worth of wildlife has been lost to poaching, illegal movement of wildlife, over-hunting, subsistence and commercial poaching in ranches and other game areas recently, according the report.

A recent World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) report states that wildlife in Zimbabwe's conservancies are now severely threatened by illegal invasions by war veterans and landless villagers.

Last week war veterans issued ultimatums to some white farmers in Zimbabwe to leave their farms with immediate effect.

Among the affected farms are some private conservancies whose wildlife has been indiscriminately ravaged by the war veterans.

Zimbabwe has earned more than $2-billion Zimbabwe dollars (about R403-million) annually from sport hunting in the past four years. - Sapa-AFP


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