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Anti Poaching Operations: Chewore North

Ongoing support has been provided to Chewore North Riverine Antipoaching efforts as well to the ZARSAU Boat Unit, out of D Camp much further upstream (Hurungwe), during the last year. This has been in the form of petrol for patrol boats, maintenance of 2 boats, servicing and spares, as well as foodhampers for the Rangers comprising the boat units.

Previously 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 teamwork 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 elephants, game for bushmeat, and for fish is ongoing and Zimparks working with stakeholders and partners puts in massive effort to combat this scourge.

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