The Tanzanian Government along with the Minister of Tourism and Natural Resources has approved Tanzania’s first official elephant orphanage in Tanzania. They have seen the need for baby elephants who must now roam without parental guidance and protection – a trend which has become all too familiar in Tanzania. We appreciate the approval from the Tanzanian government on this special project and will work together to ensure the orphaned elephants are re-introduced into the wild, most likely in Tarangire National Park, when they are ready.
The name for this orphanage will be Ivory Orphans. The orphanage will be constructed and operated by funds raised and volunteers of Safari Legacy’s non-profit in Tanzania the African Wildlife Trust. The location of the orphanage will be on the boundary of Kikoti Safari Camp, with an Arusha location as needed for mobilization and initial medical treatment of orphans.
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Caught in the Middle: Orphan Elephants Rescued by Tanzanian Government Collaboration
Tanzania’s Minister of Natural Resources and Tourism, honorable lazaro Nyalandu, has revoked the 3 hunting blocks previously allocated to the Green Miles Safari Company due to unethical hunting practices.
The Green Miles Limited company is owned by a member of the Abu Dhabi Royal family, Abdalla Bin Butti Alhamed.
Youtube videos were posted of the brutal capture and torture of wild animals, some of which were illegal to hunt.
Mwananchi , 7th July 2014 – Videos on illegal hunting in the country shown to journalists in Dar es Salaam yesterday by the Shadow Minister for Natural Resources and Tourism, Peter Msigwa, has shocked many. The video, without leaving any doubt, shows how some hunting companies misuse their hunting licenses and commit acts of poaching.
The video was submitted as evidence to the Speaker of Parliament, Anne Makinda, during the parliamentary budget session that ended about two weeks ago, after being asked to provide proof of his claim that the Government has failed to take any action against hunting companies carrying out illegal activities in their operations. These claims were in the budget speech that the Shadow Ministry delivered to parliament in May, this year.
The video titled ‘Tanzania Hunting Trip Season 2012′ was shot in 2012 by Green Miles Hunting Company for the purpose of advertising, In it there are men of Arab origin showing their skills hunting animals from inside a vehicle using heavy weapons like Sub Machine Guns (SMG) with sound proofing. In the video, one of the hunters is seen teaching a boy aged between 12 or 15 how to hunt small animals and birds.
He told reporters yesterday that he has decided to show the evidence to reporters and the public since the government has not taken any action against hunting companies going against the law.
“Given the bluntness of this government in managing and overseeing our resources, preventing illegal and random hunting that that promotes poaching and threatening the fate of natural resources and tourism of this country, the company violated section 42 of the Act of wildlife of 2009, which defines that any person who wounds an animal will be required to make all efforts to the best of his ability to killing the animal within the shortest possible time, “said Msigwa
Msigwa urged the government to carry out a thorough investigation on all hunting companies in the country including Green Miles Safaris. “Minister of Natural Resources and Tourism should hold responsible ministry officials who have failed to fulfill and implement their roles and responsibilities.”
Responding to the allegations the Minister of Natural Resources and Tourism, Lazaro Nyalandu acknowledge the existence of the video and said he tasked the Department of Wildlife to conduct investigations on the authenticity of the video and identify rules and regulations broken. And what action should be taken to ensure such acts are not repeated if the video is authentic.
He said he hopes the answers to the inquiry will be provided within two weeks from today and after they team professionals tasked with the investigations submit their findings he he would give a formal statement on what action the government will take.
He also said the government is searching for the suspects to respond to the allegations.
Nipashe: 7th July 2014: Shadow Minister for Natural Resources and Tourism, Pastor Peter Msigwa, (pictured) has bombed one hunting company of carrying out illegal hunting while having a valid hunting license.
Msigwa has also criticized the Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism, for continuing to defend the company despite the fact that it has broken the rules of hunting by using private cars, unprofessional hunting and using children to hunt.
Before talking to the press yesterday in Dar es Salaam, Msigwa showed the DVD of how the company is involved in illegal activities while conducting its operations, including injuring animals,killing of female animals, playing with zebra calves, children hunting and killing of black and white bellied bustards and use of weapons fitted sound proof equipment.
He said despite presenting the video to Parliament in May this year, during the budget parliamentary session, the government has remained silent while the company continues to hunt animals as they like.
He said after exposing the video he expected the government will take urgent measures to save the economy as the company very clearly is seen committing crimes against animals, violating international and Tanzania hunting laws and regulations.
He said despite the serious violations of wildlife act of 2009 the government has failed to take action which reveals the existence of companies that own hunting blocks in the name of local investors while it the real fact the companies are owned by foreigners
“Given the bluntness of this government in managing and overseeing our resources, preventing illegal and random hunting that that promotes poaching and threatening the fate of natural resources and tourism of this country, the company violated section 42 of the Act of wildlife of 2009, which defines that any person who wounds an animal will be required to make all efforts to the best of his ability to killing the animal within the shortest possible time, “said Msigwa.
The Honorable Lazaro Nyalandu has been appointed at the new Minister of Natural Resources and Tourism after serving as Tanzania’s Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Tourism for three years, continuing his remarkable fight against poaching and deforestation.
Nyalandu is extensively experienced and suited to this position, having served as a Member of Parliament for the Singida North constituency since 2000.
In an historic announcement made on the 23rd August 2013 in Dar es Salaam at the climax of the Africa Wildlife Trust (AWT) anti-poaching awareness ‘Walk for Elephants’, Nyalandu stated, “Corruption and immorality have reached an extreme stage and should not be tolerated. If legal action is not taken against the corrupt police officers at the airport, employees at national parks, politicians and businessmen doing the illegal ivory trade shielded by a few leaders, then we will lose all our elephants in few years to come.”
He also spoke about the government implementing ‘Operation Tokomeza,’ literally translated as Operation Terminate. This operation resulted in the suspension of 23 officials facing various accusations, including taking bribes and helping poachers, but the government halted it the controversial crackdown due to human rights abuses from some officials involved.
His Ministry recently formulated and updated the Codes of Conduct which must now be followed in all anti-poaching related operations in order to safeguard people’s rights. Tanzania was hit by an upsurge in poaching since the government halted the operation, and according to Nyalandu, “We lose two elephants every day; we cannot sit back and watch as our elephants go extinct.”
The second phase of the improved Operation Tokomeza is expected to take off soon, “We will not announce the actual start of the operation for fear of alerting the criminals,” said Nyalandu.
On hearing of the recent killing of the Black rhino in the Serengeti National Park, Nyalandu assured that the government would leave no stone unturned in the effort to arrest those involved, “We have immediately dispatched a team of 20 armed members of the Rapid Response Team; we will catch them wherever they are hiding”.
The Ministry, in collaboration with experts from within and outside the country, recently conducted the census in Selous-Mikumi and Ruaha-Rungwa ecosystems, the areas which are important strongholds for elephants in Tanzania. The results of this census indicate that the elephant populations in the two ecosystems (Selous-Mikumi and Ruaha-Rungwa) are 13,084 and 20 090, respectively.
These figures indicate a notable decline in populations in these ecosystems, compared with previous censuses. “The census results are clear evidence that poaching of elephants has reached unprecedented levels. In response to this unimpressive situation, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism is determined to intensify the protection of wildlife in collaboration with other stakeholders, including defense and security forces, regional and international institutions, promote education and adopt strategies aiming at involving the public in conservation efforts.”
“In view of maintaining and enhancing conservation efforts, my Ministry is finalizing the process of establishing an autonomous body – Tanzania Wildlife Authority. In addition, the wildlife conservation laws are being reviewed in order to allow adoption of a paramilitary system among the employees of the wildlife sector,” said Nyalandu.
It is obvious Nyalandu is the right man for the job as the Minister responsible for the endangered wildlife of Tanzania. Nyalandu salutes the brave rangers who sacrifice everything to ensure wildlife are protected. On a recent visit to the MOI hospital he sent his Twitter followers updates on the health of Richard Temu following his injury at Lugalla Game Reserve while fighting poachers.
The Honourable Minister Lazaro Nyalandu is also a keen runner, organising the maiden Singida marathon in collaboration with the African Wildlife Trust. The event attracted over 400 athletes and kept the entire Singida Municipality alive as runners flocked from all over the region to participate. The marathon was initiated to promote youth engagement in athletics, one of the expanding employment opportunities in the region.
During the Ngorongoro Marathon, held annually in aid of the fight against Malaria, Nyalandu covered the entire Marathon live via his twitter handle, enabling followers to learn what was happening during this important event.
It is obvious the Honourable Minister Lazaro is an extensively talented and passionate man, and many of our hopes to putting an end to the poaching crisis that is sweeping through Tanzania, rest on his capable shoulders.