SHUT DOWN MUNDA WANGA AND RELOCATE THE ANIMALS, A WILDLIFE CONSERVATIONIST HAS SAID
A Wildlife Conservationist who has been voluntarily helping the new Cub at Chilanga’s Munda Wanga Environmental Park Bruce Woods has uttered a cry of dismay after the death of a nine year old lioness which he believes it was starved to death.
In his write-up shared on a Conventional National Park Whatsapp group this morning, Mr. Woods said the Department of National Parks and Wildlife (DNPW) must be held accountable for their lack of competence.
He has since called for the immediate shut down of Munda Wanga Environmental Park.
The Wildlife Conservationist who seem to be more concerned about the welfare of animals further revealed that there is high levels of animal cruelty at Munda Wanga Environmental Park.
He believes the situation at Munda wanga is bad and has extended an olive branch by suggesting that a decision be made so that the animals are either relocated to a new place with different management or at least Munda Wanga be privatized again.
Munda Wanga Environmental Park is a NATURAL park which houses a botanical garden, a wildlife sanctuary and a fossil site.
The Park was originally created as a private Botanical Garden in 1950.
And today it is a popular Environmental Park consisting of a Wildlife Sanctuary, Botanical Gardens, Environmental Education Centre and a Recreational Village.
It hosts about 50,000 school children every year to teach them on environmental, climate change and conservation issues.
✍️Courtesy of Dynamic Analysis Zambia
And below was Bruce Woods’ write-up;
CHANGE IS NEEDED!!
And to be honest, i don’t actually care about the repercussions I’ll face for EXPOSING this HORRIFIC photo.
Tired of trying to help wildlife in Zambia and getting blocked by DNPW.
MOU’s lost, Poroposals lost, Permit applications LOST…
WHAT IS THE POINT OF TRYING TO HELP ANYMORE…
I’ve sacrificed enough.. I’m DONE!!
TIRED of speaking out and getting ostracised for it.
WAIT FOR IT….
WEDNESDAY 27 APRIL 2022.
After going to Mkushi for 2 months I come back and the Lioness that we tried to SAVE was DEAD!
STARVED TO DEATH IN HER NIGHT ROOM!!!!
MUNDA WANGA NEEDS TO BE SHUT DOWN
And DNPW needs to be held accountable for their lack of competence….
MUNDA WANGA is across the road from DNPW H.Q. yet look at the state of it…
Give me land somewhere and let’s relocate these animals to a proper sanctuary.
Heads must roll!! This is really sad, to say the least.
Now people to the banks every month for their salaries. This really is bad indeed. Cruel to worst degree.
These animals go out to search for food. Please animal welfare abrogated here.
Punish people concerned….
The killing of the Lions was deliberate by NWPD or former ZAWA. Its a lie that lions charged at them and they should not think we are babies!! Its like the police justifying the killing of unwanted humans; “we fired in the air and they were not stopping”.
Animals need proper protection
Guys let’s try to be professional
You mean we dont have something to make unanimal palarize sure.
Manda wanga management has no heart for animals
Someone can do better than this…
Close mandawanga or change the management!!
We must publish the names and pictures of those people running Munda wanga and then fire them all without notice. I am fed up with the national laziness in the management of our resources including Wildlife. HH must read a riot notice to his minister responsible for our Wild Life and the Parks and Gardens in Lusaka. The death of this lion is a call to arms to halt laziness, unaccountability and a dawn for real management of doing this best for Zambia.
Shutting Down Munda Wanga is not a progressive move!
I fell in love with wildlife during my childhood thanks to the Munda Wanga when it was under good STEWARDSHIP!
Best is to fire current management for incompetence and maladministration and place the facility under Administration pending Privatization!
How is Lion Park in SA thriving and we are failing to manage Munda Wanga Lions? How is Mukuni Big Five managing to look after Lions and this facility is miserably failing?
The failings at Munda Wanga and ZAWA in managing Wildlife started during PF times.
In case Zambians have not been following the happenings with wildlife, I want to ask why PF leaders ended up with so much wildlife in their backyards. The exposure of Bowman Lusambo’s impalas, Zebras and Bangweulu Lechwes is just the tip of an iceberg about the trafficking in wildlife that was going on under PF. South African vehicles could come in get our animals and cross our borders with ease.
Now we have Lions straying away from their natural habitats looking for food because we have disturbed the natural balance of our ecosystems!
We need to investigate and document what was happening and pass a Law to prohibit future selfish abuse of natural resources. We have not forgotten about the illegal Mukula Smuggling.
And the incompetence and inertia of the New Dawn Administration to deal and prosecute these illegalities is what is nauseating!
Is the New Dawn so impotent when it comes to doing a thorough clean up? Are the line ministers so incompetent that they are failing to interrogate these evils and restore order? Are they all waiting for instructions from their boss?
We want all wild animals acquired under PF reign back in their natural habitats!
Mr Woods is right. Close, relocate the animals and change management system and fire personnel for gross incompetence. Period.
And I thought being cattle keepers, the command of the New Dawn Government would become the first one to recognize the most sustainable and ecologically friendly industry which zambia could prioritize right next to agriculture would be the care and management of our national parks and their wildlife.
We have hardly seen nor heard about plans for this industry. All we hear about is the politicking on and about the mines, an industry which has probably contributed already, it’s very best for zambia which apparently, we never maximized upon in terms of benefits.
Please we need a total paradigm shift from government in the management of this sector for the benefit of the country. It should be prioritized. It should not follow the last approach, gold rush for selling and keeping of wildlife in unsuitable environments.
Bowman, doesn’t even know that wildlife come with other challenges such as zoonosis diseases to people and other animals when kept in unsuitable environments such his confiscated place.
And mwebantu, how just did it become possible that a thug like bowman, even became so big to even own lions ?
Director General at DPW must be arrested and charged with cruelty to animals. Let people charged with responsibilities and getting salaries from us the taxpayers be made accountable. If the minister doesn’t fire people over this then minister himself must be fired.
THE MAN HAS A POINT. THE EVIDENCE IS THERE FOR ALL TO SEE. HON. SIKUMBA LOOK AT THIS ISSUE AND ACT. IT IS URGENT!