The Department of National Parks and Wildlife has successfully removed a snare from Inonge, the matriarch rhino in the Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park.
Principal veterinary officer Dr. David Squarre working with Livingstone based vet officer Dr. Jackson Katampi rescued Inonge who had both hind limbs caught in a wire snare, set by poachers in the park.
The rhino had to hop to search for food and water while officers kept monitoring her whereabouts for two days to ensure her safety before the vet doctors arrived to remove the snare.
The poachers target small game in the park that lies close to the community in Livingstone. The readily available market for illegal game meat, has propelled the vice but the snares end up trapping any animal that passes in the way.
This is the second time that the rhino has been snared, the last was in 2014 when she was pregnant. Inonge has a calf named Fwanya.
Snaring boarders on poaching and the public should know the rhino species is currently fighting extinction. People should refrain from snaring to preserve this important public resource.
Meanwhile the department has arrested two suspects in Feira, Luangwa district being in possession of 216 kilogrammes of buffalo meat and 14 elephant tails.
James Tembo, 42 and Margaret Banda, 38, both of Kavalamanja village had the contraband that was packed in 10 x 25kgs sacks.
Further interrogations revealed that they trade the meat in Luangwa boma, where the market is readily available.
The suspects have since been convicted and serving imprisonment.
And in Livingstone, Kazungula and Mwandi, two suspects were arrested for being in possession of four leopard skins.
The suspects are Evans Shamenda, 39 of Lupani Village, Kazungula District and Douglas Likando, 41, of Mwandi.
The two are currently in police custody and will appear in court soon.
The department is appealing to everyone to help in the poaching scourge by reporting all suspected illegal activities.