Wildlife Trust seeks to raise $50m

via Wildlife Trust seeks to raise $50m | The Herald April 15, 2014

The Wildlife Ecological Trust seeks  to raise $50 million required to avert ecological disasters that have affected most national parks in the country, an official said.
Some of the money will also go towards de-toxicating the salt licks which were poisoned by poachers in Zimbabwe’s vast game reserves.
The Trust has so far managed to raise about $1,7 million cash, field equipment and vehicles.

Speaking at a press conference in Harare yesterday WET chairman Mr Phibion Gwatidzo said the Wildlife Management Authority needs to be fully resourced to effectively execute its duties.

“We are confident that we can raise $50 million for wildlife management considering the support that we are getting from our corporate friends. WET is going to approach international monetary institutions and well wishers to help us raise the targeted capital,” said Mr Gwatidzo.

Last year Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority indicated that it needs $5 million for the welfare and training of game rangers, transport and communication equipment to effectively bust poaching rings that are threatening the elephant population and other endangered species.

Mr Gwatidzo said the fight against poaching requires collective effort between Government and the private sector. The problem came following cyanide poisoning by poachers which killed over 110 elephants. Out of the 23 vehicles pledged, 12 vehicles have already been delivered and deployed to the field. The first of the fund- raising campaigns that were lined up managed to raise $76 000 with $18 000 going towards expenses while the balance of $58 000 would be used for game water rehabilitation.

“The country is facing enormous wildlife conservation challenges hence the need for all sectors to join hands in averting this calamity,” he said.

Wildlife Ecological Trust Fund is going to use an SMS platform where all Zimbabweans throughout the country can join hands to support wildlife conservation.

Environment, Water and Climate minister Saviour Kasukuwere said a lot still needs to be done to avert poaching.

“Significant change has been witnessed in Hwange National Park as a result of the donated vehicles. But on the other hand poachers are also devising ways of illegally gaining entry into the protected areas. Recently there was a report that close to 30 poachers in two groups had gained illegal entry into Hwange and Zambezi National Parks,” said Minister Kasukuwere.

He, however, urged park rangers and officers to shun corruption and deal decisively with poaching because it has the potential to divide the authority.

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    Mukanya 7 years ago

    Kwaita chibhanzi ku Wild Life Trust ndouyawo here?

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    Gomogranny 7 years ago

    How do we know that any money raised will be used correctly? When somebody as dedicated as Sharon Pincott gives up on the Presidential Herd you can be sure that there is something deeply troubling going on. I suspect that until we are rid of the people at the top of this government NO MONEY which is supposed to go to Wild Life will get to it’s intended destination. Using the tired slogan “What about the poor people” no longer resonates so now they see that there is money to be had if you claim it is going to the Environment…..so now the bugle call comes for Wild Life. WHEN IN ACTUAL fact they care less for the Environment and wild life than for their own pockets.

    I love ZIMBABWE and I care deeply about every aspect of it’s destruction but I will not trust anybody who works in this government or is in a political position who is begging for money…..

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    John Thomas 7 years ago

    This is another attempt to steal money

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    Johnny k 7 years ago

    Detooxicating?? Is that even a word? It is also nonsense, the Cyanide very quickly becomes inert and harmless when open to the sun and weather. This is a scam that discredits the wildlife preservation fundraising efforts. I have never heard of either the Wildlife Ecological Trust nor have I heard of anything they have done in conservation. Also written by a Herald reporter who is clueless. Just another scam.

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    munzwa 7 years ago

    Agreed, Govt and their ministers can not have their cake and eat it!!Show some really control of the poaching and protection of our wild life, like the Presidential Elephants,and a clean up with the hunting fraternity.Perhaps then the fatigued donor community would be more comforted to know their donations would be used effectively…