Poaching activities in the country are said to have dropped sharply compared to previous years. Reports indicate that only 12 elephants have been killed by poachers so far this year compared to an average of 100 elephants a year. Speaking to the Sunday Mail, Zimparks public relations manager Tinashe Farawo said
The reasons for the decrease is that we increased effective patrols. We also engaged other Government departments and it massively helped in deterring poachers.
We do awareness campaigns through engagement with the communities because that is where the animals are, so the people within communities are made to appreciate animals through the campaigns.
Intelligence gathering, tracking, radio communication, bushcraft and weaponry are the other methods we have embraced to eliminate poaching.
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