Historic step is taken by Tanzania to save the decreasing elephant population.
Protecting elephants against rustlers in a reserve bigger than Switzerland is no simple task.
In Tanzania’s Selous Game Reserve the population has been under threat for decades, and numbers are dwindling. Almost 90% of the park’s elephants have been lost over the past 40 years.
The elephant population has been under threat for decades, in Tanzania’s Selous Game Reserve and the numbers are deteriorating. Nearly 90% of the park’s elephants have been vanished over the past 40 years.
“Tanzania has been extremely hard hit by the latest elephant poaching crisis that has hit the African continent for 10 years,” Bas Huijbregts, WWF’s African species manager, said CNN.
In order to get control on the situation, the Tanzanian government launched a new project, with the help of World Wildlife Fund (WWF). This is the country’s biggest elephant catching effort to safeguard the fast decreasing population.
“It’s our team on the ground that has been working with the government teams to put those collars on,”Huijbregts said.
This project will take 12 months and nearly 60 elephants are estimated to be tagged.
The aim is to enhance the ability of the park’s rangers to protect the elephants, and in turn help rebuild the population.
The goal is to increase the capability of the park’s rangers to safeguard the elephants, in order to restructure the elephants population.