“What you take from the earth, you
must give back. That’s nature’s way.”
quotes from Chris d’Lacey
ROLE OF THE SCIENTIFIC SERVICES DIVISION
The major responsibility of the Scientific Services is to maintain biodiversity through conservation of ecosystems, species and ecological processes so as to enable natural selection to operate on wild populations.
This is a section that falls under Conservation.It mainly deals with the conservation of wildlife, anti-poaching, hunting, permits and licenses and Problem Animal Control (PAC).
Zimbabwe is currently pursuing six TFCAs and these are at various stages of development. These are:
- Great Limpopo Transfrontier Conservation Area (GLTFCA)
- Greater Mapungubwe (GM TFCA)
- Kavango-Zambezi (KAZA TFCA)
- Chimanimani TFCA
- Lower Zambezi-Mana Pools TFCA
- ZIMOZA TFCA
PROBLEM ANIMAL CONTROL
The Problem Animal Control Unit deals with problem animals such as snakes (venomous and non-venomous), hippos, crocodiles, etc. Pythons are non venomous therefore they can be caught by hand by two people.
This branch investigates wildlife crime cases which include poaching, illegal trade in wildlife products and non compliance with Parks Legislation. The department is also tasked with supplying intelligence to operational staff for their deployments of patrol rangers.
Controlling over-abundant wildlife populations to avert the threats of habitat degradation and loss of biodiversity