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Title:Tsetse Control Hunting in Zimbabwe, 1919-1958
Authors:Child, G.F.T.
Riney, T.
Geographic term:Zimbabwe
wild animals
Agriculture, Natural Resources and the Environment
Health and Nutrition
History and Exploration
External link:http://digital.lib.msu.edu/projects/africanjournals/html/itemdetail.cfm?recordID=1382
Abstract:Zimbabwe is one of several countries in Africa where attempts have been made to control tsetse flies by eliminating the large wild vertebrate hosts on which they depend for food. These tsetse control hunting operations have been well documented and provide one of the few early indices of wildlife populations. The authors examine these returns between 1919 and 1957-1958, especially the more detailed records from 1933, with a view to determining whether the hunting was effective in eliminating large mammals, and highlighting points of zoogeographical interest relating to the species that were hunted. The data were extracted from the records of the Branch of the Tsetse and Trypanosomiasis Control of the Department of Veterinary Services, and were augmented by field studies in the Sebungwe Area between 1958 and 1964, by interviews with Branch staff, and by comparisons with similar tsetse control hunting in Botswana. Results suggest that hunting, as practised during the period under review, was probably counterproductive to its stated objectives and that any relationship between the animals killed and a decline in fly populations must have related to factors other than the mere killing of animals. Bibliogr.