CORONA VIRUS: Zimbabwe Re-Opens National Parks & Tourism Industry

By DailyNewsUG Correspondent,

Zimbabwe has lifted some Covid-19 restrictions by reopening its national parks to the public and allowing restaurants to start serving food within their premises.

The parks and wildlife authority doesn’t receive state funding and relies on tourism to reduce poaching and keep them going.

Zimbabwe’s parks and wildlife authority doesn’t receive funding from the government. Picture: bhejanetrust.org
Zimbabwe’s parks and wildlife authority doesn’t receive funding from the government.

Zimbabwe’s parks and wildlife authority doesn’t receive funding from the government, it has to fund itself, mainly through tourism.

But that income was heavily disrupted by the coronavirus lockdown, which saw all of Zimbabwe’s national parks shut down for three months.

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Director-general Fulton Mangwanya said last month that there was an increase in poaching because the authorities didn’t have the resources to conduct as many anti-poaching patrols as they usually did.

But while the government said national parks could reopen, inter-city travel remained banned, meaning that for now, only people living close to the national parks would be able to visit them.

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