Traditional leaders in Kasungu have expressed their happiness towards decreased cases of wildlife crimes at Kasungu National Park.
The decrease has come following traditional leaders’ efforts in strengthening relationship between communities and wildlife officials in the protection of wildlife in the district.
Communities around Kasungu National Park led by Senior Chief Lukwa of the District and nine other chiefs have taken an initiative to enhance community ownership in conserving wildlife.
Speaking during an interface meeting with journalists, police and wildlife officials, Senior Chief Lukwa said chiefs remain committed to protecting wildlife in their respective areas.
Lukwa also pleaded with media to spread the good initiative taking place in the area so that other areas should follow suit.
“Let me encourage the media to write more about this cultural village as it will assist in generating more money from tourists,” Lukwa added.
The interface meeting was part of the demonstration day organized by the Wildlife Dog Detection unit of the Malawi Police Service and Kasungu National Park with support from the Lilongwe Wildlife Society to improve awareness on wildlife and conservation.
During the meeting, Police demonstrated how dogs assist in detecting wildlife crimes.
Head of Environmental Education and Extension for Kasungu National Park, Matias Elisa said the relationship with the people around the park has helped in reducing cases of poaching as communities can report wildlife crimes.
“The introduction of the sniffing dogs can reduce wildlife crimes further,” Matiasi said
Kasungu National Park is one of the biggest animal reserves in the country with an area of 2316 square kilometres. The park is run by the Government of Malawi through the Department of National Parks and Wildlife.