$300 000 for elephant, rhino conservation


THE United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) has provided over $300 000 this year for elephant and rhinoceros conservation in Zimbabwe.
This means that the agency has donated $1,25 million since 2002.


This year’s contributions were matched with funds from other donors and non-governmental organisations for a total of over $750 000 for conservation activities in Zimbabwe.

US Ambassador to Zimbabwe Bruce Wharton said his country was proud to assist Zimbabwe’s wildlife protection programmes.

“Zimbabwe’s wildlife resources are irreplaceable, and if managed sustainably, can provide a long-term source of tourism revenues, jobs and economic opportunities throughout the country,” he said.

In accordance with the US African Elephant Conservation Act of 1989 and the Rhinoceros and Tiger Conservation Act of 1994, these funds were awarded to support anti-poaching activities in Gonarezhou National Park, home to one of Zimbabwe’s largest elephant populations, as well as to support monitoring and management of rhinoceros populations in the lowveld region and Matopos National Park.

These projects are complemented by USFWS programmes throughout Africa supporting law enforcement activities in all elephant and rhinoceros range states, as well as demand reduction efforts targeting elephant and rhinoceros products in consumer countries.

With only $1,4 million available for all 37 elephant range states and $700 000 for all rhinoceros in Africa, the USFWS prioritises funding in places that are both biologically important and under threat.

Zimbabwe has significant populations of elephants and rhinoceros, both of which are under unprecedented threat from poaching throughout Africa.

In Zimbabwe, rhinoceros and elephant populations are under threat from poaching. Last year, at least 105 elephants, along with other wildlife species, were killed in Hwange National Park by poachers using cyanide.

Wildlife trafficking is one of the most profitable types of transnational crimes, with annual revenues estimated to be as much as $10 billion.

Meanwhile Zimbabwe will today join the rest of the world in celebrating World Rhino Day.


  1. Zanu pf never cease to amaze me.In the Herald there is a story of the party wanting to probe the “dirty dozen” for taking money from the US but they don’t see anything amiss taking $1.2m from the same people.
    They are so stupid these people and no wonder why we are so poor

  2. At the same time USA has sanctioned hunting in Zim. I understanding hunting an elephant racks in around $50K. So this $300K is little compared to the loss of business.

  3. thank you if it was done with ut most good faith. Stop talking about politics when donations are being made there is no link my dear fellow friends. thank you

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