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Zimbabwe Withdraws Mining Permits In Hwange Wildlife Park

Hwange National Park wildlife location in Zimbabwe, Africa | Wildlife  Worldwide

The government of Zimbabwe has banned with immediate effect all mining in the Hwange national park in the west of the country.

Hwange National Park (formerly Wankie Game Reserve) is the largest natural reserve in Zimbabwe. The park lies in the west, on the main road between Bulawayo and the Victoria Falls and near to Dete.

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Two Chinese companies had been granted licences to explore for coal inside Zimbabwe’s biggest game reserve, home to more than 40,000 elephants, as well as black rhinos, lions and many other species.

But conservationists had filed an urgent application arguing that any type of mining posed an acute risk of irreversible ecological degradation, and could kill the country’s tourism industry.

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