Zambia arrests 21 poachers amid crackdown

A major crackdown on poaching which has reached alarming levels resulted in the arrest of 21 poachers and confiscation of various weapons used in killing of animals from the country's parks, Zambia's wildlife agency said on Tuesday.


Zambia Wildlife Authority (ZAWA) Public Relations Officer Sakabilo Kalembwe said the 21 poachers were arrested in a game management area, Chikwa-Chifunda, in eastern Zambia’s Chama district during an operation conducted over the weekend.

Livestock thieves arrested
The wildlife agency also confiscated seven muzzle loading guns, one shotgun, 11 wires as well as three barrels of muzzle loading gun, according to a statement released.

The official further said the poachers were found with one carcass of a reedbuck and one carcass of a bushback and some marijuana.

“There has been a lot of apprehension from the communities of Chikwa-Chifunda Game Management Area following ZAWA’s operation because it seems the people had a free-for-all attitude towards wildlife resources. The authority will not relent in the quest to preserve wildlife for benefit of Zambians,” he said.

Zambia has witnessed an increase in poaching of animals from its national parks. Recently the wildlife agency arrested seven foreigners for attempting to smuggle 12 sable antelopes to South Africa in a light aircraft.

Last month, the Chinese government donated various equipment and vehicles to strengthen the agency’s resolve to protect wildlife.

Among the donated items included 25 pick-up trucks, 40 all-terrain vehicles, 250 motorcycles and 4,915 tents. Enditem

Source: Xinhua


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