Hwange National Park
Source: AFP

Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe is one of the most popular forest reserves for elephants. However, a huge outcry and outrage started all over the world, once it was handed over to the Chinese companies for coal mining. Zimbabwe allowed the companies to mine in the national park, threatening wildlife.

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The Zimbabwe Environmental Law Association filed a case in the court and said that no environmental permissions were taken before awarding the contract.

Winston Chitando, Mine Minister of Zimbabwe said this week that all special grants held in the national park will be canceled, reported Bloomberg.

Hwange National Park is home to about 50000 elephants. Many endangers species such as black rhinos, African wild dogs are also found. This is part of the Kavango Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area and spans across the border of Zimbabwe, Zambia, Botswana, Namibia. The conservation area has half of the world’s elephant population.

The social media erupted in protest after the Chinese mines were seen in the National Park. Animal activists and many celebrities started campaigning against the move that endangered the lives of the elephants and other wildlife.

Hwange National Park would breathe again with Chinese coal mining out of the site.