An Antipoaching Operations Room at Kapirinhengu, Chewore North was established in 2019 and at Mkanga, Chewore South in 2017. Wall mounted 58” TV screens were fitted in the first week of January 2020 and were donated by Panthera.org. The implementation was donated by Tashinga Initiative Trust.
These provide vital tools towards efficiency in team work and the compilation of field data into the ZPWMA SMART databases required by CITES, as well as being tools for fully operational control centres.
Both Kapirinhengu Ranger Station and Mkanga Field HQ play a vital law enforcement role on Zimbabwe’s very remote northern Zambezi River border and in the far eastern sector of the Lower Zambezi Valley. With support from a few determined stakeholders and other law enforcement agencies, Zimparks Rangers patrol extraordinarily rugged and steep terrain through the Chewore Mountains, inside the Mupata Gorge, the scarps of the inner Chewore, and the southernmost Zambezi escarpment mountains, all of which fall into the Lower Zambezi Valley’s protected area system.
Poaching of elephant, game for bushmeat, and for fish is ongoing and Zimparks working with stakeholders and partners puts in massive effort to combat this scourge.