China Aids Anti-Poaching Effort With Equipment Donation
Continuing in their efforts to fight against poaching in Africa, China has announced it will lend vehicles and equipment to protect animals and curtail the aggression.
Zimbabwe’s Parks and Wildlife Management Authority is the recipient of 40 new vehicles and other supplies that look to improve counter-poaching measures during a time when such measures have been failing. Four-wheel drive vans, heavy duty trucks, tractors, and other autos will now be employed to traverse a massive landscape that has been targeted by poachers who of late have been using cyanides and similar poisons to take down elephants and other wildlife.
“Zimbabwe is blessed with natural resources but at the same time is battling to protect its endangered species. This equipment will help Zimbabwe in running its (wildlife) conservation programmes,” said China’s ambassador to Zimbabwe Huang Ping.
The equipment includes GPS devices, solar power chargers, telescopes, flashlights and military boots. This marks the second donation China has made this year, offering supplies to the country back in July.
In September, China announced that, teaming with the United States, it would work towards a complete ban on ivory. These coveted remnants of elephants slaughtered in Africa often wind up in China, the largest importer of illegal elephant tusks according to a 2014 report. Helping the fight aboard is only one step in stopping the poaching at home; China has 30 registered ivory carving companies and another 130 registered retail companies.
Still, much more needs to be done on both ends. Oppah Muchinguri, Zimbabwean Minister of the Environment, Water, and Climate, has called for more funding to fight poaching, especially in Hwange National Park, which is home to roughly 50,000 elephants.
“Our conservation efforts are under threat from increased poaching, illegal trade, international restrictions and reduced community benefits from wildlife.”