Government says it will intensify efforts to stop the killing of the country’s rhinos amid indications that poaching has decreased.
Speaking at the triangular dinner hosted to welcome the Australian and South African cricket teams this weekend, the Minister of Environment, Water and Climate, Cde Savior Kasukuwere said Zimbabwe will leave no stone unturned in the protection of its flora and fauna.
“As Zimbabwe, we will ensure that we protect the country’s rhino population despite the large area that we have to cover to do so,” he said.
Singer, Charles Summerfield also took the opportunity to launch the rhino song, which is expected to raise global awareness and help raise funds for the conservation of rhinos.
Rhino horns are priced as status symbols in Asia and thought to possess medicinal properties, fueling their demand.
Lengthy jail terms, dehorning, satellite tracking and relocation of rhinos from high threat areas to more secure sanctuaries are some of the measures that have been adopted to protect the country’s rhino population.