Target: E. Chidziya, Director General of Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority
Goal: Don’t allow Zimbabwe to sell off endangered African wild dogs.
Zimbabwe is planning to sell off the wildlife from its national parks, a decision that could have a devastating impact on the highly endangered African wild dog. The country is suffering from a severe drought and is hoping to replenish its funds at the expense of vulnerable wildlife rather than seeking an alternative solution to its money problems. While animals protected from sale and hunting under the Parks and Wildlife Act will be safe, the African wild dog does not fall under this list despite the fact that the species is critically endangered.
According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature, African wild dogs number only 3,000 to 5,500 throughout the continent. The species is rapidly declining as a result of habitat fragmentation, disease, and invasive human activity. One of Africa’s largest populations of wild dogs is located in Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park, so it is likely that these animals would be targets for the sale. It is also highly possible that impalas, one of the African wild dog’s most important food sources, will be sold off as well. Even if most African wild dogs stay safe from the sale, they will not survive long if deprived of such an essential food source.
As a critically endangered species, the African wild dog must be protected from Zimbabwe’s wildlife sale. Sign the petition below to demand that the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority adds this vulnerable species to its no-sale list, and urge the organization to find an alternative solution to Zimbabwe’s financial problems that will not cause harm to wildlife.
Dear Director Chidziya,
Zimbabwe’s plan to sell off the wildlife from its national parks could cause serious damage to the critically endangered African wild dog. According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature, the species numbers only 3,000 to 5,500 continent-wide and is rapidly declining due to habitat fragmentation and conflict with human activity. However, despite the species’ vulnerability, the African wild dog is not protected from sale and hunting under the Parks and Wildlife Act and therefore is not exempt from the upcoming sale.
Hwange National Park is home to one of Africa’s largest populations of wild dogs, and these animals need to be protected. Furthermore, their food sources need to be protected and maintained as well. Impalas are one of the African wild dog’s most important food sources, and if these antelopes are sold off, it is likely that the species will not survive.
I am urging you to protect this critically endangered species and add the African wild dog to Zimbabwe’s no-sale list. Please take action to maintain the country’s vulnerable wildlife and seek alternative solutions to increase Zimbabwe’s financial standing.
[Your Name Here]
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