just days ago, Attendees at the Africa Hotel Investment Forum (AHIF) held in Nairobi declared poaching as the biggest threat to the tourism industry of Africa and named poachers as the No.1 Public Enemy of Africa.
The Deputy Minister for Natural Resources & Tourism for Tanzania Lazaro Nyalandu, stated in an address during the conference that Poaching is an international problem requiring a worldwide solution. It’s estimated that the total elephant population in Tanzania is 100,000 currently however this is reduced by 30 daily by poachers. He added that poachers are very sophisticated that they require a military reaction and if their activities aren’t stopped, Tanzania is likely to lose all her elephants in the coming 10 to 15 years. Lazaro Nyalandu in addition mentioned that they would love to see their African neighbors having a stand together with Tanzania against poaching, putting pressure on the countries where the clients of these poachers live to eliminate this savage trade.
The price of ivory plus rhino horn keeps rising speedily, just as the demand for these ‘wildlife products’. Throughout Africa, a single elephant is killed each 15 minutes simply for its tusks. This ongoing illegal trade will result in the extinction o f this species by 2025.
The concern for hotels and tourism sectors goes well above statements. Five percent of all AHIF profits are given to the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, (DSWT) that takes care of orphaned infant elephants plus rhinos, together with those young ones whose parents were killed by poachers, and DSWT has a number of anti poaching projects.
Wildlife is why tourists visit Africa. As every herd is ruined, also is the prospective employment of hundreds of people, particularly the low income earners. Poaching isn’t just about killing animals; it comes down to destroying wildlife livelihoods.
The boss of Deloitte’s international Travel, Hospitality and Leisure practice Nick van Marken said that Poaching within Africa is taking place on an industrial level. He added that Poachers are employing automatic weapons to kill full herds. After they chop off the tusks plus horns. Also the Rhino horn is got within Africa and later smuggled out. Wild animals are part of the natural infrastructure of Africa so if you remove it, then one of the major reasons for exploring the continent will certainly disappear; It is time for this industry to intensify and speak out about this.
Although nobody will publicly say this, for fear of consequences, the hunch is that ground rhino-horn is being exported out of Africa in nice diplomatic carriers.
To fight the poachers’ disastrous activities, DSWT presently runs 8 fully equipped Anti-Poaching plus De-Snaring Units cooperating with the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS), in safeguarding the bigger Tsavo Conservation Area. These leading teams, in conjunction with armed KWS Rangers, have cameras, vehicles, camping equipment, GPS’s plus radios, and patrol every day to fight elephant plus rhino poaching in addition to the danger of bush meat trapping. the Anti-Poaching Teams of DSWT have removed more than 125,000 traps since start of operation within the Tsavo Conservation Area.
Andrew McLachlan, Carlson Rezidor the Vice Preesident of Africa and Indian Ocean Islands said that Africa is very large and its borders are very long making them extremely challenging to police. The solution has to be in reaction at the point of demand to teach the buyers of ivory plus rhino horn regarding the harm caused by their needs.
Jonathan Worsley the Chairman of Bench Events, that organizes AHIF, said that they are happy to support the wonderful work of the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (DSWT) by rising funds for its anti-poaching projects. It is terrible that safeguarded wildlife is threatened like never before. Due to the significance of wildlife, not only to mankind, however the tourism sector – for economic prosperity, jobs as well as livelihoods. he said that we should support the projects that deal with poaching as well as protect the wildlife of Africa.
Angela Sheldrick of DSWT mentioned that their action is simply possible due to donors all over the world, assisting them to win the battle against poachers. The donation of $13 to $15k through this event is likely to make a massive difference to the present Anti-Poaching projects, assisting us to carry on to patrol the poaching ‘hot-spots’ as well as deploying of Rangers effectively and properly with the proper equipment. He added that they hope to as well send more of their Rangers into Manyani Training Academy to ensure they get professional training in Human Wildlife Conflict Measures, Ecology & Ecosystem Management, Arrest as well as Weaponry usage.