Tanzania : about 20,000 snares caught in National Reserve

Poaching is one of the biggest concerns among the conservation community aiming to ensure the survival of endangered species such as the rhino. Photo : TETSU

NEWSROOM (ADV) – About 20,000 snares used by poachers to kill wildlife in Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park have been seized during a de-snaring program that started in April 2017, an official said on Tuesday.

The program, the only undertaking of its kind in the Serengeti National Park, was supported by a handful of tour operators and stakeholders with a vested interest in protecting the Serengeti’s spectacular wildlife, working together with Tanzania National Parks (TANAPA) and Frankfurt Zoological Society (FZS).

Erik Winberg, FZS Project Manager, Serengeti Conservation Program, said the de-snaring teams consisted of eight former poachers who have been recruited from the villages in the Serengeti ecosystem for their expertise in snaring and TANAPA game rangers who works closely with the Serengeti National Park authorities to collect snares before they do harm.

“We have so far seized 17,536 snares, 32 poachers have been arrested, 125 poacher camps were found, 530 animals were found dead and 175 animals were released alive,” added Winberg.

Winberg said the arrested poachers were handed over to TANAPA’s law enforcement unit for prosecution according to the Tanzania law.

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