BULAWAYO, Thursday, November 21, 1991 — Animals at the Hwange National Park have been hit by a shortage of water as a result of problems faced by the Department of National Parks and Wildlife Management in supplying enough funds for running diesel water pumps engines, according to sources.
According to the sources at the Hwange National Park, who declined to be identified, some boreholes have not been working for the past two weeks because there was no diesel to run engines that pump the water.
The sources said they believed that at one time more than half of the water pumps at the park were not working. Some neighbouring farmers said some animals were straying into their farms because there was no water at the park. One farmer who contacted The Chronicle, said the situation was made worse by the fact that the Hwange area did not have many rivers, and animals depended solely on water pumped from boreholes.
Sources expressed fear that unless enough rains came soon some animals might die as a result of thirst. “Hwange National Park generates a lot of money in foreign currency. One wonders why it is not given enough funds to enable it to run smoothly”, said one farmer in Hwange area.
Another source at the Hwange National Park said the park always received far less funds than it usually requested for running its water pumps. However, he said the situation had improved tremendously following a $15 000 donation recently by the Wildlife Society of Zimbabwe.
A Department of National Parks and Wildlife Management official confirmed that Hwange had minor problems with its water engines. However, he said he could not comment further as he did not have enough details and referred all questions to the director.