Hippos Cause Havoc Along Vwaza Marsh Wildlife Reserve & Nyika National Park
Communities living along Vwaza Marsh Wildlife Reserve and Nyika National Park in Rumphi and Mzimba have bemoaned that Hippos and monkeys continues to destroy their crops.
Speaking during a meeting today organised by Total landcare, Southern Africa Foundation for Agriculture and Climate change and Zambia Community Resource Board Association, George Mkandawire from Kazuni area says the fence constructed is not able to hold these wild animals.
He highlighted that when the water level is high the hippos uses streams when coming out from the protected area.
He says the main crops that have been heavily affected are Maize and ground nuts fields.
Mkandawire further says the animals endangers their lives as they do not only damage crops but also attacks humans.
"We are living in fear here, these animals apart from destroying our crops they attack us," said Mkandawire.
Meanwhile division manager in the department of parks and wildlife in the North Peter Wadi says they are aware of the challenges and currently are working on a project proposal which is expected to address this problem.
He added that Authorities are now seeking views from the people affected to see how best these challenges can be alleviated.