Staff Reporter, Mail & Telegraph | October 15, 2021
The Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) has confirmed the arrest of three Bulawayo men for possession of a rhinoceros horn valued at US$120 000.
Said the police in a statement:
“The ZRP confirms the arrest of Mpumelelo Moyo (44), Bongani Akim Zwelibanzi Gazi and Mbonisi Ndlovu for possession of a specially protected animal trophy on 12/10/21.
The suspects were found with a rhinoceros horn measuring 20 centimetres and weighing about 6.5 kgs valued at US$ 120 000 in Southworld, Byo.”
Poaching has been rampant for years in the country and perpetrators risk imprisonment.
The Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management (ZIMPARKS) last year Zimbabwe said poaching had drastically dropped from about 400 to 12-18 elephants lately.
ZIMPARKS warned that anti-poachers would not hesitate to kill poachers found with firearms since they are also trying to kill the rangers.