The Chron­i­cle

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News -

BU­L­AWAYO, Thurs­day, Au­gust 11, 1966 — Both Wankie and Vic­to­ria Falls air­fields should be able to take Vis­count air­craft if Rhode­sia was to keep ahead of its com­peti­tors in the tourist field, the Rhode­sia Pub­lic­ity As­so­ci­a­tion’s con­fer­ence was told here.

Point­ing out that Rhode­sia was the first coun­try in the world to start an air ser­vice into a na­tional park (Wankie), the chair­man of the Tourist Board, Sir Athol Evans, said some of Rhode­sia’s com­peti­tors were try­ing to copy this coun­try. “We must make sure they don’t over­take us”, he said.

At present DC3s car­ried tourists into Wankie, but the ser­vice could not cope with all those want­ing to travel by air. If larger Vis­counts could land at Wankie Rhode­sia would draw the traf­fic.

Mr H Chit­ten­den, As­sis­tant Di­rec­tor of Tourism, said the trea­sury was see­ing if it could find funds to ex­tend the Wankie air­field to take Vis­counts and to pro­vide full fa­cil­i­ties at Vic­to­ria Falls. Game culling in the Wankie park would be­gin in the south where there was an over­flow of game into the tribal ar­eas, said Di­rec­tor of Na­tional Parks and Wildlife Man­age­ment, Mr JE Robin­son. There were more than 6 000 ele­phants in the park, he said.

Num­bers were in­creas­ing still more as the an­i­mals come in from the Chobe “in their hun­dreds”. There were also 10 000 buf­falo- more than the park could carry. Culling would be­gin in about three weeks, with the an­i­mals be­ing killed by a drug in a dart fired from a cross bow. Be­tween 400 and 500 ele­phants a year would be culled.

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