Zebras at Pilanesberg Game Reserve
Zebras at Pilanesberg Game Reserve

Local people’s participation in the fight against poaching has proved to be an effective tool in addressing the vice in the northern Tanzania’s Arusha National Park (ANAPA), its park warden said on Saturday.

Zebras at Pilanesberg Game Reserve
Zebras at Pilanesberg Game Reserve

ANAPA park warden Neema Mollel said that the initiative to involve local people who are living around the park was introduced a few years ago and has now started bearing fruits.
She said that the park which is very close to northern Tanzania’ s tourist hub of Arusha remained one of the country’s safest wildlife sanctuaries, as no poaching incident reported in recent years.
“We are now working closely with local communities in the fight against poaching and this has contributed towards making the park safe,” the official said, adding that the fight against poaching needs to involve key players including all people living close to the park.
“And this is what we have been doing to save wildlife from poaching,” the park warden said.
The park is also empowering local communities with anti- poaching skills and cooperating with them in improving their social services such as putting up health and education facilities.
“All these make them aware on the importance of the park and by doing so everyone in the village is a guard of the park,” Mollel said.
According to the park manager, villagers have been in forefront in taking care of wildlife as well as conserving environment outside the park.
The official urged students and parents to inculcate a habit of conserving environment and taking part in the anti-poaching campaign.
She pledged that the park would continue working hand in hand with local people in addressing dangers facing the wildlife sanctuary including poaching.
The Arusha National Park is famous for its 575 species of birdlife, both migrant and resident. It is the only place on the Northern Circuit where one can easily find the black and white colobus monkey. Other animals frequently seen in the park are baboon, giraffe, buffalo, hippo, hyena, warthog, zebra and many antelope species. Enditem

Source: Xinhua

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