A railway line tracker was killed by a lion in Dete, Zimbabwe’s Matebeleland North Province, an official confirmed on Monday. Police and rangers from the Zimbabwe National Parks and Wildlife Management Authority (Zimparks) found the 43-year-old victim’s body last Thursday, Matebeleland North Police spokesperson, Siphiwe Makonese, said.
Zimparks spokesperson, Tinashe Farawo, called for enhanced efforts to address human-wildlife conflict in the country. “This is one of the issues we always raise that our parks are overpopulated and because of that people are being killed,’’ “In 2019, we lost 40 people who were killed by wildlife because of human-wildlife conflict. “We have to make sure people benefit from wildlife than to lose property and lives.’’
There has been a spike in human-wildlife conflict in Zimbabwe, largely attributed to the growing human population that has led to diminishing natural habitat for wildlife.
Even in Nigeria, last year it was reported that a two-year-old lion used as security guard was discovered in a residential building in the Victoria Island area of Lagos State. The lion said to be owned by a yet to be named Indian national, was caged at Number 229, Muri Okunola Street in Victoria Island. The Chairman of Lagos State Taskforce on Environmental and Special Offences, Yinka Egbeyemi, later confirmed this report to Newsmen.
Across African, there is growing concerns over the careless management of human-wildlife touch-p0ints and interactions.