George Maponga Masvingo Bureau
The Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority (ZimParks) has completed the translocation of more than 100 animals from Kyle Recreational Park to Mushandike Game Park near Mashava.
The move is also tailored to promote tourism at Mushandike and increase animal diversity at the wildlife sanctuary that is undergoing expansion to promote domestic tourism and benefit adjacent communities.
It is also envisaged that the move will also boost learning activities at Mushandike College of Wildlife as students will have increased scope for conducting practical subjects.
ZimParks public relations manager Mr Tinashe Farawo said the translocation of wildlife was done last week.
“We did research and discovered that there was overpopulation of game at Kyle Recreational Park, so we translocated 100 animals comprising zebras, warthogs, wildebeest, sables and giraffes to Mushandike Game Park. The exercise was successfully conducted to depopulate Kyle,” he said.
“Besides promoting tourism at Mushandike for the benefit of adjacent communities the relocation of wildlife will also be handy for educational activities at our Mushandike College were students will be able to conduct practicals in wildlife studies.”
Mr Farawo said work was already underway to introduce crocodile farming at Mushandike with ponds that will house the reptiles under construction.
“We identified crocodile farming as one of the low hanging fruits at Mushandike Game Park that has potential to boost tourism,” he said.
“At the end of the day we also want our activities there to benefit surrounding communities.”