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The Chirundu border post, amidst its rapid urbanization and burgeoning population, grapples with escalating
human-wildlife conflict, exacerbated by littering and encroachment into natural habitats.
As tensions rise, transport operators perceive wildlife authorities as responsible for safeguarding their cargo from animal interference, while concerted efforts such as the Marara cleanup teams and community engagement initiatives aim to mitigate these risks and foster a culture of coexistence.

Transport operators traversing the Chirundu highway often view wildlife authorities as accountable for protecting their cargo from wildlife interference. With trucks passing through the area, littering along the highway inadvertently attracts animals posing a threat to both cargo and drivers. This perception underscores the need for collaborative efforts between wildlife authorities and transport stakeholders to address the underlying causes of conflict and promote responsible waste management practices.

Recognizing the urgency of the situation, wildlife authorities have spearheaded initiatives such as the Marara cleanup team, engaging stakeholders to form community-based groups dedicated to reducing litter along the highway and within the local community. The Marara team, comprising volunteers and stakeholders, work tirelessly to collect and dispose of litter, mitigating the risks posed by habituated animals and fostering a cleaner, safer environment for both humans and wildlife.

Moreover, awareness campaigns play a pivotal role in educating communities about the importance of responsible waste management and the consequences of habituating animals to human feeding. Through various mediums such as radio broadcasts, community meetings, and educational workshops, wildlife authorities disseminate information on wildlife-human conflict and advocate for sustainable coexistence practices.

In addition to clean up efforts and awareness campaigns, community engagement through sports and recreation serves as an effective means of reaching out to local residents and fostering a deeper appreciation for wildlife conservation. Sporting events and recreational activities not only provide opportunities for physical exercise and social interaction but also serve as platforms for delivering conservation messages and promoting dialogue between communities and wildlife authorities.

As the Chirundu border post navigates the delicate balance between human development and wildlife conservation, collaborative efforts between stakeholders are imperative. By fostering a culture of responsibility, promoting sustainable practices, and engaging communities in conservation efforts, we can strive towards a future where humans and wildlife coexist harmoniously, ensuring the preservation of biodiversity and the well-being of all inhabitants.



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