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Who ate our rhinos?

Discussion in 'Jukwaa la Siasa' started by Mzee Mwanakijiji, Apr 6, 2009.

  1. Mzee Mwanakijiji

    Mzee Mwanakijiji Platinum Member

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    Serengeti buys 32 rhinos from South Africa
    MUGINI JACOB in Serengeti, 6th April 2009 @ 02:52

    Serengeti National Park (SENAPA) is providing special security training to game rangers as part of its preparations to import 32 black rhinos from South Africa. The training is directed by experts from the South African-based African Field Rangers Services under the coordination of Frankfurt Zoological (FZS). Tanzania National Parks (TANAPA) Director General Mr Gerald Bigurube last Friday closed the first round of the training comprising 34 participants.

    A total of 145 game rangers and some conservators are lined up for the training that started on February 23 and will end on July 3 this year, under the sponsorship of Grumeti Fund, an American investor’s firm which operates in Serengeti. Mr Bigurube described the training as important as far as the security of wild animals and safety of game rangers was concerned in the park.

    “This training is important and by putting what you have learnt into practice you will be safe from enemies”, Mr Bigurube said thanking Grumeti Fund for supporting the programme. SENAPA chief park warden Mr Martin Loibooki said the game rangers were mostly trained to carry out patrols on foot rather using vehicles as it been the case in the past. They are also trained on proper weapon handling, fire and movement, bush lane shooting, patrol tactics and black rhino monitoring skills, among other things, according to Mr Loibooki.

    Key conversation stakeholders based in the western Serengeti like Grumet Reserves, Ikorongo game reserve and Bunda based anti-poaching special unit have also been involved in the progamme. “The black rhinos will be brought in our park but they might get out of the park and we expect our colleagues to help us”, the SENAPA chief park warden said. Mr Loibooki hinted that the park would import a total of 32 black rhinos from South Africa by November this year.

    Purchase of back rhinos from South Africa is a five-year project that is estimated to cots 4.5 million US dollars; according to the FZS African programme chief, Dr Markus Borner. Dr Borner also lauded TANAPA’s conservation efforts. “TANAPA has become one of the most efficient conservation organization in Africa and it has set an example. We are here (Serengeti) to protect this area as national and international heritage”, the head of FZS African Regional Office said at the same occasion.

    The TANAPA DG also urged game rangers in the park to be patriotic when fulfilling their obligations in the park, promising that the TANAPA would do everything possible to improve their welfare. “Being patriotic does not mean your welfare will not be improved. Once the current economic crisis is resolved, we’ll improve your welfare”, he said. TANAPA will also continue giving women top priority on employment because they have been doing well, according to Mr Bigurube. Two female game rangers completed the first round of the training on Friday.

    Who ate our rhinos? and why vifaru vya maskini hawazai?
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    TICTS? but different colour!
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    Labda hii ni mbegu mpya ... teh teh teh teh!!
  4. Mzee Mwanakijiji

    Mzee Mwanakijiji Platinum Member

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    ina maana ile mbegu nyingine yote ishakufa? Au ndio tumewaruhusu "wawindaji" kutafuta vifaru wetu!?
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    They were "whatevered" by whoever has the rights to do whatever in Loliondo...
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    Zungu Pule JF-Expert Member

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    Black Rhinos [together with elephants] were the prime victims of the 1980's rampant poaching. The poaching was such a big problem that the government [responding to the pressure from outside] embarked on the countrywide program to rescue them - operation UHAI. But I think it was too late. Rhino population was already below viable level. The number of elephants dropped to a record low [close to extinction]. Kenya faced the same problem. So we lost almost all the rhino in the wild. Ex-situ conservation strategy was the key to ensure that we are remained with sample genes of this species. South Africa took the lead and kept a significant number of endangered species in captivity [including commercial/private ranches]. As a result, SA has the largest population of rhinos in the world [but in captivity, not in the wild]. So, when considering re-introducing the rhino to their habitat, the only option is to purchase them from SA, which is really expensive. And the cost of protecting them in the wild will be very high [thanks to Grumet Fund for financing this project]. Ili kuhakikisha wanaishi na kuzaliana, then itabidi walindwe kama rais i.e. 24/7 kuna watu wanawafuatilia. Otherwise, they are always a target for their horns. Pembe yao inahitajika sana uarabuni na China. It's used to make dagger handle and as aphrodisiac. The problem is even complicated when the rangers participate in poaching. Hawa jamaa wasipopewa maslahi mazuri, basi wao ndio wa kwanza kupiga either rhino or elephants. This is what happened in 1980's mpaka serikali ilipoamua kuboresha maslahi yao [although, they are still poorly compensated].