Tanapa, WCS introduce zebras into Kitulo National Park

07Dec 2018
The Guardian Reporter
MBEYA
The Guardian
Tanapa, WCS introduce zebras into Kitulo National Park

TANZANIA National Parks (TANAPA) in partnership with Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) has started re-introducing zebras in the country south-western Kitulo National Park, a senior official said on Wednesday.

Pius Mzimbe, chief conservator of Kitulo National Park said that the move is meant to re-wild the thrilling tourist destination, which is a home to 350 species of vascular plants, including 45 varieties of terrestrial orchids.

He said: “We’ve started to restore wildlife like zebras, which are more attractive to tourists.”

So far, the official said: “We’ve relocated 21 zebras into the sanctuary. Zebras existed in the park 50 years ago before being  disappeared due to human activities as  in those years, the area wasn't protected. We are also planning to bring in other animals such as antelopes and gazelles depending on the demand of the tourists in the park.”

According to Mzimbe, the re-introduced animals will add value to the park as it would be luring as more tourists as possible, taking into account that the sanctuary has a wide-range of bird species.

Eva Pwele, head of conservation unit at Kitulo National Park also said amid the exercise of bring back some wildlife in the reserve, her department has provided special offer for domestic tourists to visit Kitulo in this during this Christmas and New Year season.

 

Pwele said this promotion season is expected to start on December 22, this year, thus she urged Tanzanians who are interested in domestic tourism to register their names in various tourists companies which are available across the country.

 

She explained Tanzanians who would like to visit Kitulo national reserve; they would be charged 55,000/-   for one adult, 100,000/-   for wife and husband and 45,000/-   for children.

 

She further explained that foreigners will pay 80 dollars (179520/-shillings) per each one, wife and husband will pay U$ 150 (336600/-  ) and the child will pay U$ 50 (  112200/-).

 

"These costs will cover food, tourism for three hours, professional tour guide  and taking and returning tourists from Mbeya or Tukuyu, this will result to an increase of income to citizens and government may collect taxes," said head of conservation department.

 

In her part, Makete District Commissioner, Veronica Kessy, praised TANAPA and WCS for their efforts to restore wildlife in Kitulo national reserve, a situation which will open doors for tourism opportunities.

 

Kessy noted that people are supposed to visit Kitulo national reserve, which have unique tourism attractions than any other reserves in the country.

 

However,   district commissioner urged people around Kitulo national reserve to take advantage of area by investing in various business activities which will enable them to produce commodities and sell to tourists who will visit the reserve.

 

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