Nothing is too heavy for hunger to push — not even the almighty elephant. The national park in Zimbabwe complains of a huge amount of elephants encroaching human settlements in the country for survival.
As we write, they’re currently in the Midlands province due to overpopulation, the Zimbabwe National Parks reports.
According to Tinashe Farawo, the spokesman for the Zimbabwe’s national park. The animals are all out for food. Farawo said:
“These are the issues we always say that our animals are overpopulated. We are having wild animals, including elephants are encroaching in human settlements in search of food and water. We are likely going to experience problems as we move into the drier months of the year. As we move into September and October until the outset of the rainy seasons we are going to experience more human wildlife conflicts,”
Issues of animals moving about — mostly the largest land mammal — have been raised in some parts of Shurugwi, Gokwe North and Kwekwe.
THE STATE OF WILDLIFE IN ZIMBABWE’S NATIONAL PARKS
People in Gokwe North disclosed that elephants have been escaping from Nyaminyanyami Rural District Council, Chizarira, including Chirisa. Edmund Mukaratigwa, from Shurugwi South, Zimbabwe, said:
“We have 12 elephants in the constituency. They were 13 and the Department of National Parks shot one to scare them away. However, they are still roaming the area although we initially thought after the death of one of them, they would go back, which did not happen as per their nature,”
Near the national parks, Mukaratigwa further disclosed that at least three elephants take a particular route and then return through the same path every year. He said:
“It is better that the Wildlife Department personnel were deployed on time to control crowds of people as well as to ensure that in their crowds, they remained conscious that there is the Covid-19 pandemic in the country. Children and the old were there to see the elephants. Yesterday after the department had removed the key parts of the elephant as per the government procedures, people shared the meat and the police was deployed thereto, to ensure order and to avert human conflict,”
He also added:
“This year, the number of elephants is just too much and that has drawn the attention of many people in the area. The District Coordinator has been very active in the whole process and we are happy that people are safe. We are nevertheless advising people to keep away from the elephants because wild animals can actually be very dangerous to human being especially where people upsets them.”
It’s dangerous for large animals like elephants to remain out in the open without being controlled. It was reported that a man was trampled to death by elephants in Kwekwe, said Farawo.
“There was an unfortunate incident in Kwekwe where someone was trampled to death by an elephant. It’s very unfortunate that another life has been lost.
“We are encouraging our communities to stay away from wild animals. We are also encouraging our communities to minimize movements at night. They must make sure the animals are comfortable and not try to corn them because the moment the animals are uncomfortable they will definitely attack.”
In addition, Stewart Gwatirinda, the Gokwe North District Development Coordinator, said more lives were lost in the elephant attacks.
“One of the challenges being faced by the district is the human and wildlife conflict. Elephants are straying from Chirisa, Chizarira and Nyaminyami Rural District Council. They are pouncing on people so far we have lost two lives. This is a situation which is very deplorable.”
By Elijah Christopher
Elijah Christopher is a journalist at A New Touch Of Africa, is also a creative writer, a poet, and an IT enthusiast. He contributed to the collaborative poem written in celebration of Edwin Morgan Centenary, the first Glasgow poet laureate and Scottish national poet from the University of Glasgow. He loves meeting people and learning about new places, cultures, events, and lifestyles.