A BEITBRIDGE businessman has brought lions into the border town after opening a game park already viewed as a major investment, which will increase tourism in the border town.
By Own Correspondent
The businessman, Terry Charles Mulowa, on Tuesday unveiled his project and hosted councillors and senior executives from the local authority.
Mulowa has four lions acquired from the Lion and Cheetah Park in Harare at an undisclosed amount.
He is currently building a crocodile pond and hopes to bring different species of animals like buffalo, leopard, hyena into the park, which is 14km².
The park is on the western side of the border town within the jurisdiction of Beitbridge Town Council.
It has on its edge the Dulivhadzimo Pool and a Venda traditional shrine which never dries up.
“This is a plus for Beitbridge because business will increase, as these animals will attract massive human movement as people come to view them,” Beitbridge town chief executive, Loud Ramakgapola said in an interview.
The nearest parks from Beitbridge, where lions are available, are the Bubye Valley Conservancy some 60km to the north-east of the town, Gonarezhou and Mapungubwe Transftontier Parks, which are 100km to the east and west respectively.
“Here, they are caged and schools can take educational trips and this will be good for children,” Ramakgapola said.
Mulowa, a prominent businessman in Beitbridge, was not available for comment, but a Parks and Wildlife official confirmed that the lions were already in Beitbridge.