Chief park warden with Ruaha National Park, Dr Christopher Timbuka, said the military training to game rangers have helped park wardens to control the incidences by using modern techniques.
Dr Timbuka was speaking over the weekend at a ceremony to end military training to 90 wildlife officers from the Tanzania Wildlife Management Authority (TAWA). The training was conducted in Mlele training centre in Katavi Region.
According to Dr Timbuka, almost all the wildlife officers and game rangers have been equipped with military skills as well as the use of sophisticated weapons in combating poaching.
“Poachers are now scared especially after realising that we have started using advanced weapons. More efforts are required to ensure zero incidences although we have successfully managed to reduce poaching in most of our parks, game reserves and forests,” Dr Timbuka said when speaking on behalf of Director General of Tanzania National Parks (TANAPA),
Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism and Natural Resources, Gaudence Milanzi called upon game wardens to work closely with authorities at district and regional level in order to enhance security and human encroachment into protected areas and reserve forests.
He said encroachment is a major challenge in most of the reserved areas, attributing the problem to lack of animal feeds which forces livestock keepers to take their cattle in the forests.
Representing TAWA director general, Imani Nkuwi said the authority plans to improve its tourist activities so as to broaden its revenue sources.
Acting head of the Lwafi Game Reserve, Said Bilibili promised to continue protecting the country’s natural resources for the benefits of future generation. He said that in the 2017/2018 they managed to arrest 216 poachers who all appeared at different courts.
According to TANAPA, Tanzania is estimated to lose 10,000 elephants in a year.
TANAPA manages 17 national parks and has the mandate to conserve and manage the country’s wildlife, and to enforce the related laws and regulations in Tanzania.