Mikumi National Park in special campaign to curb wildlife killings

26Dec 2018
The Guardian
Mikumi National Park in special campaign to curb wildlife killings

MIKUMI National Park has launched a special campaign to fight animal killings in the sanctuary due to road accidents.

To be implemented collaboratively with the Traffic Police Force, the campaign involve educating drivers and passengers passing through the road on the importance of observing conservation laws and regulations to rescue lives of animals.


Mikumi national park’s chief conservator Godwell Ole Meing’taki said over the weekend that the accidents occur along the 50km-section of a highway that passes through the park and is used by vehicles going to or from neighbouring Zambia, Malawi and as far as Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo).


Ole Meing’taki cited over speeding of motor vehicles as the major cause of the accidents in the park.


He also cited that the increasing tendency of passengers to feed wild animals such as baboons as among the causes of the killings.


“Through the campaign we will intensify education to passengers not to feed animals; drivers are also required to put dustbins in their vehicles to avoid this,”


According to him, feeding wildlife with something from outside the park reduces the natural aspect of the wildlife and the environment of the park, that’s why we want this section of the road to go.


 He said that 2000 to 25000 vehicles pass through the area daily so without taking more measures to control accidents, the area’s ecology’s will be highly affected in the coming years.


For his part, head of traffic in Mikumi Sunday Ibrahim said that the campaign will strictly take stern measures to drivers who will be found violating road safety rules by overspending their vehicles.


“We have already initiated check-points within the 50-km area in the park to catch those who will be found going against road safety laws,” he said.


In efforts to rescue animal lives from accidents in Mikumi National Park, the government came up with a plan to relocate the 50km section of the Road so that it passes outside the park, a plan which is still on process.


In April, 2016 Mikumi National Park Chief park warden, Danat Simoni Mnyagatwa said the park was losing an average of 237 animals annually due to road accidents.


“This gives us a hard time when it comes to wildlife management and conservation…the road is so busy and poses serious threat to the sustainability of wildlife as most animals get hit by the speeding vehicles,” Mnyagatwa said.


Mikumi National Park is south of Selous Game Reserve, the two areas form a unique ecosystem and are bordered by the Udzungwa Mountains and Uluguru Mountains.





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