The Chron­i­cle

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News -

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.

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