29 April 2009
Harare — THE Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority has for the first time brought live wild animals to their stand at the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair.
Two lion cubs and two crocodiles are on display at the authority’s stand.
In an interview, ZPWMA public relations manager Ms Caroline Washaya-Moyo said the four animals arrived on Monday at the ZITF from the Lion and Cheetah Park in Harare.
“The lions and crocodiles were taken from the Lion and Cheetah Park in Harare. As the Parks authority, we have brought these animals here to educate the public about the wild animals. On the part of the crocodiles, one is normal and the other one is deformed,” said Ms Washaya-Moyo.
She expressed concern that most adults have in their lifetime never seen wild animals.
“It is saddening to note that there are adults who do not know some of these wild animals. And as the Parks authority, we have said let’s bring them to the people so that they can ascertain the behaviour of the animals,” she said.
The ZPWMA is exhibiting under the theme “Golden Drive Towards Sustainable Wildlife Conservation”.
Ms Washaya-Moyo said they had brought the animals at the exhibition so that people could conserve the animals from an informed view.
“Some people can decide to venture into wildlife farming hence by bringing the animals here, that will also help them to discover how they (animals) behave and also as the parks authority we endeavour to provide them with literature on how they can manoeuvre into wildlife farming projects,” she said.
Ms Washaya-Moyo said plans were afoot to bring bigger animals at next year’s trade fair.
“A lot of work still needs to be done to conscientise people on wild animals and thus in future trade fairs, ZPWMA will endeavour to bring big wild animals,” she said.
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