Zambia is restocking wild animals in National Parks

Kafue National Park, Zambia

The Zambian government is planning to restock five of its national parks this year with animals in an effort to enhance the country’s tourism.

Howard Sikwela, permanent secretary in Zambian Ministry of Tourism and Arts, said, “The national parks will be restocked with 1,361 wildlife species such as white rhinos, black rhinos, impalas, buffaloes, zebras and hartebeest”.

“Though restocking of animals is an expensive activity, we will do it to increase the animal population in our national parks, which will in turn boost tourism in the nation,” Sikwela said.

Some of the wildlife species in some national parks are in the threat of extinction due to human activities such as poaching and this drive will help to enhance the wildlife population.

Zambia’s wildlife estate comprising 20 national parks and 36 game management areas are country’s main tourism resources which make a significant contribution to its national economy. The authorities are expecting increased inflow of tourists to the national parks, once the animals are replenished.