By Brian Hatyoka
Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) ministers responsible for wildlife have expressed concern at the increasing poaching levels of elephants and rhinos in the region.
Zambia’s Tourism and Arts Minister Sylvia Masebo said her counterparts in the SADC were concerned at the increasing rate in which elephants and rhinos were being poached in the region.
Ms Masebo said all countries in the SADC region were experiencing similar situations, especially in terms of high poaching levels of rhinos and elephants.
She was speaking in Livingstone on Saturday [October 5\ afternoon upon her arrival from Maputo in Mozambique where she attended a SADC meeting for Ministers responsible for wildlife, natural resources, environment, forestry and water.
Ms Masebo was accompanied to Mozambique by Agriculture and Livestock deputy minister Luxon Kazabu as well as officials from Ministry of Lands and Zambia Wildlife Authority (ZAWA) among others.
“We were all concerned that poaching levels in the SADC region are on the increase, For instance, about 70 rhinos were poached in South Africa last year only, while several elephants were poached in Zimbabwe last month alone,” Ms Masebo said.
She said the SADC ministers responsible for wildlife had also noted that the tactics being used by poachers to kill animals were changing. More....