The Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority (Zimparks) has introduced three lions to the Chabalala Wildlife Sanctuary, 10km outside Bulawayo.

Zimparks Public Relations Manager, Tinashe Farawo, says it wants to give those who can’t afford to visit national parks such as Hwange, an opportunity to view wildlife near town.

“Four more lions will be moved to the sanctuary before the onset of the rains, bringing the total to seven cats,” says Farawo.

Chabalala hosts a variety of birdlife and wildlife, including guinea fowl, francolins, giraffe, zebra, warthog, impala, tsessebe and other smaller antelope, and many species of wild birds and waterfowl. The sanctuary also offers driving, cycling, and horse-riding activities.

Zimparks has a mandate to manage the entire wildlife population of Zimbabwe, whether on private or communal lands. Private landowners can utilise the wildlife on their land but are still accountable to the authority for the welfare of the animals.