Zimbabwe with its diverse landscape is home to some of Africa‘s largest game reserves but reports say several species such as impala, warthog, kudu and wildebeest are at risk from rampant poaching by people struggling with hunger and rising poverty and from cross-border trophy hunters.
Zimbabwe’s state National Parks and Wildlife Authority says most Zimbabwe animals in the larger game reserves have not been affected by massive poaching and remain safe.
With wildlife officials saying the country’s elephant population soaring to more that 100 000 – twice as much as the 45 000 it can sustain.
From our own personal experience into Zimbabwe’s National Parks, there is still abundant game, and evidence of wholesale slaughter is just not apparent.
However poaching does exist of that there is no doubt, but as long as efforts from certain individuals and organisations like the Victoria Falls Anti Poaching Unit (VFAPU) stay intact, our heritage can be saved. We applaud them for all that they do to save our Zimbabwe animals.
On a safari in Zimbabwe it would not be over expectant to see all of the “Big Five” although the elusive Leopard may prove to be difficult.
Introducing the “Big Five” of Zimbabwe Animals
The phrase Big Five game was coined by big game hunters to the five most difficult animals in Africa to hunt on foot. The term is still used in most tourist and wildlife guides that discuss African wildlife safaris.
The collection consists of the Lion, the African Elephant, the Cape buffalo, the Leopard and the Rhinoceros.
“Our trip to Hwange National Park recently left us with stunning memories of huge herds of elephants, a group of six cheetahs, lion sighting, two wild dog, herds of sable, impala and my personal favourite the graceful giraffe We saw NO signs what so ever of poaching in the Hwange National Park.” victoriafalls-guide