Arusha. Investors in tourism have donated a new Toyota Land Cruiser worth $40,000 (about Sh90 million) to boost the anti-poaching project in Tanzania’s flagship national park, Serengeti.
Poaching remains a major challenge to conservation and has prompted tourism players in Serengeti to embark on supporting the Tanzania National Parks (Tanapa) through the Frankfurt Zoological Society, by funding the Serengeti De-Snaring Programme.
The programme, the first of its kind, has the objective of removing widespread snares set by local bush meat mongers aimed at catching massive wildlife within the Serengeti National Park (Senapa) and beyond.
“This is our second patrol vehicle for the De-snaring Programme. We support anti-poaching initiatives in the national park that provides an enormous economic benefit to us and the nation,” Tanzania Association of Tour Operators (TATO) chairman Wilbard Chambulo said.
Mr Chambulo said that with nearly 700,000 beds in Serengeti, if all investors contribute just a dollar, there would be $700,000 (about Sh1.6 billion) a year, sufficient to save wildlife populations under threat from ruthless gangs of poachers.
Frankfurt Zoological Society had engaged with stakeholders to kick-start the de-snaring programme in April 2017. With initial stakeholder funding, an anti-snaring team has been set up and is already operating in Serengeti.