Zimbabwe will spend US$11.9m on modern anti-poaching equipment and operational vehicles to protect wildlife in the country’s national parks.

“Cabinet resolved that an initial capital investment equivalent to US$11, 9 million be injected towards the acquisition of modern anti-poaching equipment, support equipment, operational vehicles, support for national parks management activities and maintenance of infrastructure,” Zimbabwe’s Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Minister, Monica Mutsvangwa commented.

Shearwater Adventure Marketing Executive, Warren Ncube says tourism is entirely dependent on sustainable utilization of flora and fauna. “Such a statement of intent by government is healthy for the growth of tourism. This is a very good move. Poaching is a cancer which should be nipped in the bud.”

Batoka Safaris GM, Edmore Kasira says the initiative by the Zimbabwe Government is very noble and a worthy investment. “Wildlife is our heritage which needs serious protection for generations to benefit.  The cause needs more support from all stakeholders.”

The anti-poaching equipment includes DNA tracking technology, alarm fences, hidden cameras, google earth and GPS collars, anti-snare collars with emergency alerts, embedded GPS chips, drones and others.