The Zimbabwean Parks and Wildlife Management Authority (Zimparks) has announced the death of two game rangers who have been missing for over a week.
In a statement, Zimparks spokesperson, Tinashe Farawo, revealed that the two rangers’ bodies were found floating in Lake Kariba. He said:
It is with sadness that (we announce) our two missing rangers have been found dead in Lake Kariba.
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The two rangers are indeed conservation heroes. Zimparks family and conservation partners are in deep mourning.
Reports indicate that the rangers, whose identities have not been revealed, went missing after an encounter with four suspected poachers believed to be from Zambia while patrolling the lake.
The rangers arrested the poachers but were later overpowered as they transported them to Kariba town.
After a search by joint police and parks teams from Zimbabwe and Zambia, the remains of the two rangers were found on the water.