COVID-19 Cripples Parks and Reserves

Tourists no longer traveling to admire the wildlife Tourists no longer traveling to admire the wildlife - file photo

African Parks has bemoaned effects of COVID-19 on its parks and reserves arguing that there is high possibility the sites will make losses this year.

A representative of African Parks, Samuel Kamoto, attributed the challenge to cancellation of trips by international tourists.

For example, he said last year, Majete Wildlife Reserve generated US$531, 000 but as of now, the park has realized only US$37,000.

"Apart from the US$2 million we receive from our headquarters to run the parks yearly, we also depend on the revenue we generate in the parks to make some improvements in protected areas," said Kamoto.

The remarks were made on Tuesday when minister of environment and wildlife toured Majete Wildlife Reserve.

Minister of Environment and wildlife, Simon Vuwa Kaunda, advised parks and wildlife officials to adhere to COVID-19 precautions.

Currently, African parks has introduced hand washing facilities and promoting social distance.

Majete African wildlife is a model with different species including the big five.

Authorities there have also managed to overcome the community-animal conflict, the honey making innovation, constructing schools, health facilities and drilling boreholes for the surrounding communities.

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