By Mugini Jacob, Tanzania Daily News, 14 April 2013
Serengeti — A NEW global conservation award tapped KfW Bernhard – Grzimek won by Frankfurt Zoological Society (FZS) in German mid this week, would be directed to boost security of rhinos and elephants in Tanzania.
The award with a value worth about 50,000 Euros would be spent on construction of a modern control room for rangers tasked to protect rhinos and elephants within the Serengeti National Park (SENAPA).
The Tanzania National Parks (TANAPA) will be given the package to construct the anti- poaching security room in the country’s second largest national park covering 14,763 square kilometres, according to a press release made available to the ‘Sunday News’ by FZS Serengeti office situated in Seronera, SENAPA’s headquarters.
FZS statement says that the support is meant to stop the recent wave of poaching, thus, threatening the survival of rhinos and elephants at Serengeti National Park which is rated as a global resource and the most amazing park in the world.
“We are delighted to help TANAPA build a well equipped communication control station which will become the nerve centre of the park and we are certain that Bernhard Grzimek would be proud of the support towards the initiative,” FZS President Gerhard Kittscher said.
He spoke shortly after receiving the award from Dr Norbert Kloppenburg, an executive board member of KfW at a ceremony held in Frankfurt, Germany, on Wednesday night at the event witnessed by more than 270 guests.
FZS has become the first recipient of the new global award introduced by Prof Bernhard Grzimek who served as Director of Frankfurt Zoo and the President of FZS between 1908-1987, to honour exemplary commitments made by individuals and organisations to save the world’s biodiversity.
The Germany Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development Dirk Niebel addressed the ceremony and praised Prof Dr Grzimek conservation efforts citing the new award and one of his films titled “Serengeti Shall Never Die,” which the minister said had inspired the whole generation of Germany, the statement further said.
FZS is an international conservation organisation that significantly supports conservation projects with the main focus being Eastern Africa including Tanzania where the organisation spends an average of one million Euros every year to support conservation activities, with main focus on the Serengeti eco-system.