7 elephant poachers arrested in Dande

Matusadona Anti-Poaching Project (Mapp) yesterday said it had busted another wildlife poaching syndicate and arrested seven suspects in the Dande area.

By Nokuthaba Dlamini

In a statement, Mapp said the suspects were rounded up over the weekend in two separate raids conducted between Mushumbi Pools and Dande Safari area, leading to the recovery of several elephant tusks and a fresh leopard skin.

“Seven suspected ivory poachers, one of them a Mozambican, were arrested on Sunday in possession of eight fresh tusks,” Mapp said, adding the suspects were detained at Guruve Police Station.

Patrick Sibanda a senior wildlife officer with the Parks and Wildlife Management Authority looks at the remains of the poisoned elephants at Hwange National Parks in October. Picture: Aaron Ufumeli

“The privately-owned anti-poaching unit hailed the police’s Minerals and Border Control Unit and the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority for helping in the operation.

“Not many of you will be aware of the lengths we go to apprehend these criminals, these operations are expensive, dangerous and exhausting. The lethal weapons surrounding our national parks are used to kill our wildlife and need to be removed, if we are to succeed,” Mapp said.

Last month, the unit arrested nearly 30 poachers, including locals and Zambian citizens, for wildlife crimes committed in Matusadona National Park and fish-poaching on Lake Kariba.

Zimbabwe has witnessed an upsurge in the number of elephants being killed by poachers in national parks dotted around the country, with some of the suspects using cyanide poison.

The elephants were targeted for their ivory, which has a ready market in countries such as China and parts of Asia.

Last year, the government said it was deploying soldiers in national parks to fight poaching, but the move is yet bear fruit.

5 Responses to 7 elephant poachers arrested in Dande

  1. Uundertaker March 1, 2016 at 8:39 am #

    Preachers must be declared as Terrorist in Zimbabwe

    • Mukanya March 1, 2016 at 11:04 am #

      What about the nation’s wealth looters in Government? Uundretaker

    • Gogodera March 1, 2016 at 11:05 am #


  2. Gogodera March 1, 2016 at 11:02 am #


  3. Helena March 3, 2016 at 4:32 am #

    When are these parasites going to stop elephant slaughter. They always seem to get off with a slap on the hand. Unforgivable

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