Suspend Sale of Captured Live Wildlife in Food Markets Warns WHO and Partners

THE World Health Organisation (WHO), the Food and Agricultural organization (FAO) and the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) have issued a statement condemning the sale of live wild mammals as well as the slaughtering of sickly wild animals as a means to prevent the spread of new SARS-CoV-2 variants between humans and wild animals. By Michael Gwarisa The call follows indications that certain wildlife species have been observed to be infected with the SARS-CoV-2 virus in some parts of the world.  These species include domestic animals, free-ranging, captive or…

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The Way We Interact With Our Wildlife Now, Will Determine How We Deal With The Next Global Health Pandemic

THE world is still struggling to contain the COVID-19 pandemic which has had the global health sector on its toes since 2020 as scientists search for a solution to the prevailing health crises. The first case of the coronavirus strain or the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus was reported in Wuhan, a City in the Hubei province of China in December, 2019. By Michael Gwarisa More than two years after the first case was recorded, scientist and health experts are still looking into its origin. Even though the bulk of…

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Major Boost For ZIMPARKS Conservation Work

IN a bid to enhance antipoaching work in the Zambezi Valley, the African Wildlife Foundation (AWF), has handed over a fully refurbished vehicle workshop, a brand-new Toyota Hilux Twin Cab GD6, one Sport Fisher, one Pelican boat and newly established infrastructure at the Zambezi River Specialized Anti-Poaching Unit (ZARSAU) D Camp, to the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority (Zimparks). By Michael Gwarisa in Chirundu The donated vehicle will be used by the Zimparks Investigations Unit for activities within the Zambezi Valley landscape while the refurbished Marongora Vehicle workshop will…

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Human-Wildlife Conflict In Zim: Six People Killed By Wild Animals In One Week

A 46 year old man from Save was killed by an Elephant whilst coming from church, bringing the total number of people who have been killed by wildlife over the past seven days t0 six. By Michael Gwarisa According to Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife (ZIMPARKS) spokesperson, Mr Tinashe Farawo, conflict between people and wildlife was becoming a big conservation threat for Zimbabwe. A 46 year old man from Save was unfortunately killed by an elephant whilst coming from church with other congregants. Other congregant manged to escape from the raging…

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