Tourism ministry struggles to justify capture of wildlife

Tourism ministry struggles to justify capture of wildlife

Ministry of tourism tries to explain why animals are being darted, captured and trafficked to South Africa.

Ministry spokesperson Sakabilo Kalenbwe Claims the anions are being taken to private estates within Zambia but does not mention these private Estates.

The Watchdog actually reported three weeks ago that some of the animals were been sold to local poachers to keep in their private ranches but that such private ranches are not accountable to anyone and can eat the animals if they so wished. See here

Kalembwe does not also explain why huge trucks with South African number plates were seen and later chased from Mfuwe last week.

Below is the disjointed statement from the ministry of tourism. ????????

True record of S/Luangwa game capture

The capture of live animals in South Luangwa National Park is meant to facilitate restocking of depleted or under stocked national parks or wildlife areas not for export of animals to other countries, but to benefit the wildlife estates in Zambia in line with the Seventh National Development Plan.

The capture area is South Luangwa National Park and not the Game Management Area where communities are co-partners in wildlife managing and benefit sharing.

The Minister of Tourism and Arts issued capture permits to three game ranches between August 2018 and April 2019 to capture live animals in the South Luangwa National Park. This was in

The three game ranches are Witpens, Mbizi game ranch is owned by Mr Micheal we Gre-Dejestam; and Munyama game ranches

Mbizi game ranch has not paid for the animals as the game ranch is an open and adjacent to the South National Park meaning that animals at this ranch are state property.

Animals at this ranch move in and out of the National Park to the ranch and therefore cannot be owned by Mbizi game ranch.

Contrary to the speculation in on social media, the total number of animals to be captured in South Luangwa National Park is 127, broken down as follows: 10 impalas, 10 waterbucks, 12 zebras, 15 warthogs, 30 pukus and 50 buffalos.

The wildlife population survey conducted in the South Luangwa Park in 2015 indicated that population estimates of these species were impalas 10,873; waterbucks 1,106; warthogs 1,029; pukus 4,146; and buffalos 3,808. Therefore, the total animals to be removed will have no significant impact on the populations in the Park.

Reason In the next two to three years, there will be no capture of live animals from National Parks for private game ranches. However, the government will continue to capture animals from National Parks with health populations and restock other understocked National Parks or community wildlife areas in line with the 7NDP.

Sakabilo Kalembwe – Zacks
Public Relations Officer
Ministry of Tourism and Arts
3rd Floor Kwacha House
P.O Box 30575,
Cairo Road

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