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Syllabus Information

Syllabus Information

Three of the papers have a list of topics you are expected to be familiar with. The General Paper, however, can features questions on any topic related to wildlife and tourism. Below you will find the syllabus for each paper.

Firearms Syllabus

FIREARMS ACT
 Definition of terms according to the Firearms Act, Chapter 10:09, S.I.362 of 1990
 Regulation of purchase, possession and sale of firearms and ammunition and
other transactions.
 Firearms certificates (penalty for purchasing firearms or ammunition without firearm certificate, change of address or occupation, etc.)
 Granting of firearm certificate
 Exemptions from holding firearm certificate.

BALLISTICS
 Definitions of terms
 Bullet construction
 Velocity
 Caliber
 Bullet Mass
 Knockdown ability
 Different type of rifles/actions
 Firearm Actions
 Different types of sights

SHOT PLACEMENT

REQUIREMENTS OF CARTRIDGES USED ON GAME IN ZIMBABWE
 Large dangerous game
 Lion
 Large framed soft -skinned animals
 Small soft -skinned animals

HUNTING REGULATIONS IN ZIMBABWE

WEAPONS FOR HUNTING
Prohibition or restriction on use of certain weapons for hunting

HANDGUN HUNTING IN ZIMBABWE

BOW HUNTING IN ZIMBABWE

SAFETY PRECAUTIONS

GENERAL PAPER SYLLABUS

N.B. There is no formal General Paper syllabus and, as the name of the
paper suggests, it is difficult to predict what types of question will show up
on this paper but the following broad categories occur frequently:

Topics in the General Paper Section
 Abbreviations & Acronyms (associated with tourism, hunting or
conservation)
 Arithmetic (simple calculations of various sorts)
 CAMPFIRE
 Current Affairs (major weather disasters, political developments,
African soccer results, etc.)
 Dates (e.g. “When is World Wetlands Day?”/What is observed on the
21st December?”)
 First Aid – General, Heat Exhaustion, Scorpion Stings, Snake Bite,
Sunburn, ETC.
 Flag (significance of colours/shapes)
 Government Ministers & Other Office Holders, Local & International (e.g. who is the President/Director/Minister of X?)
 Guiding Practices & Principles
 National Parks & Wildlife (structure, Mission statement, personnel,
etc.)
 Trans-frontier Conservation Areas
 Stars
 Towns, Cities & Provinces
 Vegetation
 Vehicles
 Wildlife (some of the same questions you would find on the Habits
and Habitats paper)
 World Heritage Sites
 Zambezi River, Victoria Falls, Kariba, etc.
 Zimbabwe – Facts & Figures (height/width/area of features,
population, border posts, etc.)
 Zimbabwean Politics and Events (Agricultural Shows, Trade Fair, major
political events, buried at Heroes’ Acre, etc.)

Habits & Habitats Syllabus


Veld Management
Basic knowledge of plant communities and where they grow, why they
grow where they do and how they can be controlled or encouraged.

Animals – Appearance and Behaviour
 Animal behaviour and distribution
 Animal families
 Animal associations
 Animal feeding habits
 Distribution of species in Zimbabwe
 Understanding of the concepts common to an animal’s spatial
organization
 Understanding of animal adaptations
 Animal description and identification (How to identify animal
species that are similar in looks)
 What features to use to differentiate between males and
females of various species other than the obvious sexual organs
 Morphological differences between various species
including adaptations of wildlife related to their
food
 Commonality between various species
 Unusual features in various wildlife species
 Relationship between producers and consumers

Animals – Reproduction
A basic knowledge of the reproductive biology of wildlife species
including:
 Peak birth times
 Gestation periods
 Reproductive behaviour

Vegetation
 Basic identification of terrestrial vegetation.
 Some uses of common vegetation species
 The distribution of common vegetation types in Zimbabwe

Insects
 Identification
 Habits of various insects
 The importance of insects in ecological processes

Reptiles
 Identification
 Habits
 Basic physiological processes

Fish
 Habits and distribution
 Feeding behaviour

Birds
 Identification of common species
 Raptor identification
 Migrants and brood parasites
 Egg camouflage
 Nesting habits

Law Syllabus

Introduction to laws and Statutory Instruments governing the hunting, guiding and hospitality industries and conservation in Zimbabwe.

RECOMMENDED READING MATERIAL

S.I.362 1990 Parks & Wild Life (General) Regulations, 1990 (No. 2)
S.I.114 1993 Parks and Wild Life (General) (Amendment) Regulations^1993
Chp 20:14 1996 PARKS & WILD LIFE MANAGEMENT ACT
Chp.20:21 1996 TRAPPING OF ANIMALS (CONTROL) ACT
Chp. 14:20 1996 TOURISM ACT
Chp. 10:09 1996 FIREARMS ACT
S.I.106 1996 Tourism (Designated Tourist Facilities) (Declaration & Requirements for Registration)
Regulations, 1996 – amending Tourism Act
S.I.107 1996 Tourism (Designated Tourist Facilities) (General) Regulations, 1996
S.I.26 1998 Parks & Wild Life (General) (Amendment) Regulations, 1998 (No. 2)
S.I.48 1998 Tourism (Designated Tourist Facilities) (Declaration & Registration) Regulations, 1998
(No.1) – amending Tourism Act
S.I.76 1998 Parks & Wild Life (Import & Export) (Wild Life) Regulations, 1998
S.I.11 1999 Parks & Wild Life (General) (Amendment) Regulations, 1999 (No. 3) (re. Bow-hunting)
Chp.14:20 1999 FOREST ACT
Chp. 20:15 1999 PROTECTION OF WILD LIFE (INDEMNITY) ACT
S.I.86 2010 Parks & Wild Life
S.I.79 2015 Parks & Wild Life Management Authority (Tariff of Fees) By-laws

PARKS & WILDLIFE ACT 20:14 OF 1996

Interpretation – Able to define meanings of selected words in the Parks & Wildlife Act 20:14
0f 1996 and Statutory Instruments

DIFFERENT LAND USES WITHIN PARKS & WILDLIFE ESTATE
NATIONAL PARKS
Where they are
The purposes of National Parks.
Powers of the Minister in relation to National Parks,
Prohibition and regulation of certain acts in National Park
 BOTANICAL RESERVES AND BOTANICAL GARDENS
Where they are,
Purposes of Botanical Reserves/Gardens.
Powers of Minister in relation thereto.
Control of introduction into or removal of plants in a Botanical Reserve/Garden
SANCTUARIES
Where they are
Purposes of Sanctuaries
Powers of Minister in relation to Sanctuaries.
Control of hunting in and removal of animals or animal products from a Sanctuary
and Sale of animals or animal products.
Permit to hunt in or removal of animal products from a Sanctuary and sale of animals or animal products.
Permit to hunt in or remove animals or animal products from a Sanctuary & to sell animals or animal products.
SAFARI AREAS
Where they are
Purposes of Safari Areas
Powers & duties of Minister in relation Safari Areas
Lease of sites and grant of hunting rights in Safari areas
Control of hunting in & removal of animals or animal products from a Safari Area and sale of animal products.
RECREATIONAL PARKS
Where they are
Purposes of Recreational Parks
Designation of land within Recreational Parks
Powers & duties of Minister in relation to Recreational Parks

SPECIALLY PROTECTED ANIMALS
 Knowledge of Specially Protected Animals
 Control of hunting of Specially Protected Animals
 Permits to hunt or sell live Specially Protected animals & products from them
 Trophies from Specially Protected Animals which are state trophies

SPECIALLY PROTECTED INDIGENOUS PLANTS
 Knowledge of Specially Protected Plants
 Control of picking of Specially Protected Indigenous Plants
 Control of sale of Specially Protected Indigenous Plants

HUNTING, REMOVAL, VIEWING & SALE OF ANIMALS & ANIMAL PRODUCTS
 Control of hunting, removal and sale of live animals and animal products,
 Prohibition or restriction of hunting and removal of animals in defined areas by the
Minister.
 Killing or injuring of animals in self defence
 Destruction of dogs
 Report of killing of animals or injury of animals other than dangerous animals
 Control of Safaris
 Professional Hunter’s & Guide’s Licences
 Learner Professional Hunter’s Licence
 Powers of a lawful hunter over other hunters
 Prohibition of sale of meat of animals unlawfully hunted
 Sale of animals born or hatched and held in captivity
 Sale & manufacture of articles from trophies
 Purchase of live animals & trophies
 Declaration of trophies

PROTECTION OF ANIMALS & INDIGENOUS PLANTS ON ALIENATED LAND
Section 77 to 81(b)

FISH CONSERVATION
Section 82 to 96(5)

EVIDENCE PREVENTION & DETECTION OF OFFENCES & ADDITIONAL
PENALTIES & FORFEITURES

Section 97 up to Section 106(5)

TRAPPING OF ANIMALS CONTROL ACT, CHAPTER 134
Define the purpose of the Act

CLASSIFICATION/DESCRIPTION OF TRAPS
Classify Class l, Class ll & Class lll traps

STATUTORY INSTRUMENT 362 of 1990
Interpretation of meanings of words (Section 2 and 3)

PROHIBITION TO PRESERVE THE PARKS & WILDLIFE ESTATE
Have a clear understanding of all acts prohibited in the Parks and Wildlife Estate according to Section 8(a) up to L & Section 9 up to 12

HUNTING IN THE PARKS & WILDLIFE ESTATE
Understand the provisions of Section 17 up to Section 27 of the Statutory Instrument 362 of 1990

HUNTING, REMOVAL, VIEWING & SALE OF ANIMALS & ANIMAL PRODUCTS
Section 52 to Section 54(3)

PROFESSIONAL HUNTERS, LEANER PROFESSIONAL HUNTERS &
PROFESSIONAL GUIDES

Have a thorough understanding of Section 55(1) up to Section 60(3)

TROPHY DEALERS
Section 66(1) to Section 75

IVORY DEALERS
Section 76 to Section 85(1)

IMPORT AND EXPORT (WILDLIFE) REGULATIONS, Statutory Instrument 76 of 1998
Section 1 up to Section 17(3)

FIREARMS ACT, CHAPTER 10:09
Have an appreciation of the Act

DEVELOPMENT OF TOURISM ACT
Have an appreciation of the Act

STATUTORY INSTRUMENT 26 of 1998
Have an appreciation of the Instrument

FOREST ACT
Have an appreciation of the Act

Many people find the Law paper particularly difficult. A variety of forms of help are available in the booklet Law: Legislation, Vocabulary & Notes

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Paddy Pacey

Teacher, Lecturer, Author, Facilitator, Safari Guide

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