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Mugabe gives elephants to China

Mugabe gives elephants to China


Only after the last tree has been cut down.
Only after the last river has been poisoned.
Only after the last fish has been caught.
Only then will you find that money cannot be eaten.

Cree Indian Prophecy

7th November 2011


Zimbabwe has donated 3 elephants to China. This was in appreciation for the 
fact that China helped President Mugabe’s wife build an orphanage for 1000 

On the 19th May this year, President Mugabe reaffirmed the Presidential 
Decree, protecting the Presidential Herd of elephants. We do not know where 
the 3 donated elephants came from but on the one hand, the president is 
promising to protect the elephants, and on the other, he is giving them 
away – subjecting them to a long traumatic journey which they may not even 


Towards the end of October, Charara residents spotted an injured hippo on 
the flood plain. The hippo was clearly suffering and at least 2 people 
reported the matter to Kariba National Parks and asked them to come and put 
the animal out of its misery. Four days later, National Parks had failed to 
respond and the hippo died. If National Parks had only responded quickly, 
this poor animal could have been saved a lot of pain and anguish.


Two rhinos were killed by poachers in the Mazunga Conservancy area of Beit 
Bridge. One of the poachers, Lloyd Ndou was shot by game ranchers and is now 
fighting for his life. His four accomplices have escaped with rhino horns 
worth $120 000.


We have received complaints about a Chinese owned milling company in Shamva, 
next door to the GMB. It is alleged that local gold miners in Umfurudzi, 
Shamva and Bindura take their ore to the milling company to have the gold 
extracted. The milling company sells 3,5 kilograms of mercury to each miner 
and this mercury is then used in separating the gold from the ore. After 
separation, the balance of the ore is dumped in a huge pile which is now 
approximately 15 feet high, 30 feet wide and 60 feet long and the 
complainants are concerned that there doesn’t seem to be any evidence that 
the mercury is removed from the waste ore prior to dumping. The mill runs 24 
hours per day and mills 4 tons of ore per hour This means that approximately 
96 tons are milled and dumped per day. One miner claims that he used 700 
grams of mercury to process 28 tons of ore.

The biggest concern is that when the rains come, the mercury contaminated 
waste ore will be washed into the Mazoe River system, poisoning the water 
which is a hazzard both for the aquatic life and the humans in the area. 
Mercury is poisonous and can cause various diseases including cancer. It is 
believed that no Environmental Impact Assessment has been done and we are 
appealing to the Environmental Management Authority to please investigate 
the situation urgently.


Johnny Rodrigues
Chairman for Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force


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