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Earning their stripes: conservationists hope to boost zebra numbers in Zim

Challenging transfer of 223 animals to Matusadona National Park a push for them and wildlife tourism

Sharon Mazingaizo

Zimbabwean conservationists have translocated 223 zebras to Matusadona National Park in an effort to restore wildlife populations in the park.

Matusadona, on the shores of Lake Kariba in northern Zimbabwe, has seen a sharp decline in the population of zebras. In the 1980s, the park was home to large populations, but a 2020 aerial survey there counted just 36.

Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority, in partnership with conservation non-profit African Parks, translocated the animals. The zebras were donated by the Bubye Valley Conservancy, located in the Matabeleland South province of Zimbabwe, and were transported every few days, over a three-week period, in trucks carrying 20 to 30 animals...

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