IFAW deploys wildlife rangers to check poaching along Kenya, Tanzania

30May 2020
Correspondent
Nairobi
The Guardian
IFAW deploys wildlife rangers to check poaching along Kenya, Tanzania

​​​​​​​AN international wildlife organisation is set to deploy more than 50 community wildlife rangers from Kenya and Tanzania in a joint border patrol in response to a potential risk of poaching.

International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) regional director for East Africa, James Isiche.

International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) regional director for East Africa, James Isiche said the safety of wildlife is paramount in the midst of the deadly pandemic.

Isiche said the patrol sought to ensure the safety of wildlife at risk of being poached because of the lack of visitors and hospitality staff in the area due to the global pandemic, which has impacted the local economy and incomes.

"The role and presence of the community wildlife rangers particularly during this period of the COVID-19 pandemic when operations have been hampered by lack of tourism revenue to sustain them is of paramount importance as they continue to protect wildlife from potential poaching for bush-meat and other wildlife products," Isiche said in a statement.

He said the rangers simultaneously monitored the wildlife-rich landscapes along their respective borderlines while staying within their international boundaries.

"Cross border landscapes are particularly difficult to preserve as would-be poachers take advantage of the fact that they cannot be pursued across the common border after committing their acts. Synchronized patrols such as this one ensure that this is not the case," he added.

Founded in 1969, IFAW is one of the largest animal welfare and conservation charities in the world. The organisation works to rescue individual animals, safeguard populations, preserve habitat, and advocate for greater protections. Initially, IFAW was meant to scale up efforts to stop the commercial hunt for seal pups on the east coast of Canada.

With offices in 15 countries, and projects in more than 40, IFAW is one of the largest animal welfare organisations in the world. The fund is supported by individual and major corporate donors, the latter including the Disneynature and the Disney Conservation Fund, the Petfinder Foundation and Arctic Fox, among others.

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