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Munda Wanga will be tourism gem

PORCUPINES having a feast at Munda Wanga gardens in Lusaka. Picture right, Minister of Tourism and Arts Ronald Chitotela with Permanent Secretary Amos Malupenga look at a spotted deer at Mundawanga gardens in Lusaka.

VIOLET MENGO, Lusaka
WHEN Munda Wanga Sanctuary and Botanical Gardens was established in 1950 by a man called Ralph Sander, it was meant to one day become the pride and joy of Lusaka Province, offering a unique wildlife experience and beautiful gardens.
Munda Wanga, translated to mean ‘my garden’, did live up to that expectation for a number of years, with families strolling there for weekend expeditions and schools taking students for classes. Centrally located in Chilanga district, it was for a good number of years, the best place for environmental students to take study tours.
According to the Botanical Gardens Conservation International, Sander, a colonial civil servant working for what was then called the Department of Game and Tsetse Control, gained an enviable reputation as a botanist responsible for the establishment of many parks, gardens, and tree-lined avenues in Lusaka.
Today the story of his once sought-after sanctuary runs differently. Munda Wanga, once an enviable place filled with a variety of animal species and beautiful fauna and flora, is not the same. It has been moving from bad to worse over the years.http://epaper.daily-mail.co.zm/


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