Zimbabwe

Politicians 'a threat to Zim animal haven'

2012-08-25 09:07
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Harare - A consortium of wildlife ranchers says a new wave of land takeovers and hunting licences granted to loyalists of President Robert Mugabe is threatening a massive wildlife preserve in southeastern Zimbabwe.

The Save Valley Conservancy group said on Friday the takeovers, labelled as black empowerment, benefitted "a few greedy individuals who care only for what they can take for themselves" and have no interest in protecting an array of endangered wildlife - including the rhinoceros.

The conservancy of about 2 600 square kilometres is unsuitable for anything but wildlife tourism, the group said.

It said two thirds of its small-scale operators are already black Zimbabweans, but concessions given to 25 "connected political individuals", including a local governor and a Mugabe Cabinet minister, are set to destabilise the region's ecosystem.

- SAPA

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