Tanzania National Parks (TANAPA) the keeper of sixteen national parks within Tanzania, has issued a strong communication to all personnel of the national parks, the conservation agencies as well as other public institutions associated with wildlife that if found to conspire with the group of people behind the various poaching activities they are to face tough penalties.
The General director of TANAPA, Mr. Allan Kijazi while in Arusha a week ago week said that the fight against poaching must be a joint responsibility and has to entail the conservation agencies as well as other security organs in addition to the general public at large.
Mr. Kijazi cautioned that the country’s machinery was already working tracing the people behind the mass murder of wildlife, unlawful ivory trade as well as other vices targeted to deplete the wildlife heritage of Tanzania.
Kijazi added that it is approximated that Tanzania is losing about 30 elephants each day and nearly 10,000 in just a single year. With the present rate of elephant poaching, it is presumed that ten years from now the country will not have any more elephants.
He emphasized that wildlife was critical for Tanzania’s tourism industry, however that the escalating occurrences of poaching, primarily aimed at elephants, could endanger the multi-million dollar business, currently the foremost foreign exchange earner of Tanzania’s economy.
Besides the elephants, hunted for their ivory, other animals targeted by the poachers are rhinos, for their highly prized horns, leopards, cheetahs, lions, hippopotamus and a host of others.
Kijazi, who was speaking to TANAPA employees and their families during a ‘Family Day’ organized annually, said the parks body would continue to strengthen its anti-poaching unit and that 100 game rangers have just passed out and that many more would follow later this year.
He also said that improving boosting rangers’ stable, they are going to order new weaponry and equipment to make sure that the force is properly armed to safe guard this country’s heritage.
Stakeholders within the tourism industry have cautioned that the poaching activities have greatly endangered the elephant population of Tanzania.
The Tourism Confederation of Tanzania (TCT), a coverage organization which represents the private tourism industry associated with travel plus tourism, has asked the government to reevaluate its judgment to forever suspend the anti-poaching efforts, Operation Terminate (- locally referred to as Operation Tokomeza) on reasons of human rights violation.
in a declaration released by TCT in the city of Arusha a couple of weeks ago beseeched the Tanzanian government to carry on with this operation. part of the declaration read that It is the standing of TCT that the deferral of the operation will simply worsen the circumstance by offering poachers along with their sponsors additional time to rearrange and prepare for some new techniques that might have destructive effects on the surviving elephant herds within the wilderness.
The current members of TCT include the Tanzania Hunting Operators Association, Tanzania Association of Travel Agents, Intra-African Travel and Tourism Association, Tanzania Air Operators Association as well as Tanzania Hotels Association.