Left Menu
Development News Edition

UPDATE 1-Tanzania says elephant, rhino populations rebounding after anti-poaching crackdown

Reuters | Dodoma | Updated: 13-07-2019 19:18 IST | Created: 13-07-2019 19:16 IST
UPDATE 1-Tanzania says elephant, rhino populations rebounding after anti-poaching crackdown
Image Credit: (Pixabay)

Elephant and rhino populations in Tanzania have begun to rebound after a government crackdown dismantled organized criminal networks involved in industrial-scale poaching, the country's presidency said. A prominent Chinese businesswoman dubbed the "Ivory Queen" was sentenced to 15 years in prison by a Tanzanian court in February for smuggling the tusks of more than 350 elephants to Asia, marking a major victory for the government.

"As a result of the work of a special task force launched in 2016 to fight wildlife poaching, elephant populations have increased from 43,330 in 2014 to over 60,000 presently," the presidency said in a statement late on Tuesday. The number of rhinos, an endangered species, had increased from just 15 to 167 over the past four years, it said.

Although the presidency put the rhino population at 15 four years ago, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) estimated in a document on its website https://cites.org/sites/default/files/eng/cop/17/WorkingDocs/E-CoP17-68-A5.pdf that Tanzania had 133 in 2015. It was not immediately possible to explain the discrepancy between the previous population estimates given by the government and CITES, which groups governments working to ensure trade in animals and plants does not threaten their survival.

The presidency did not immediately respond to calls seeking comment. The elephant population in Tanzania, famed for its wildlife reserves, shrank from 110,000 in 2009 to little more than 43,000 in 2014, according to a 2015 census, with conservation groups blaming rampant poaching.

Demand for ivory from Asian countries such as China and Vietnam, where it is turned into jewels and ornaments, has led to a surge in poaching across Africa. Tourism is the main source of hard currency in Tanzania, best known for its wildlife safaris, Indian Ocean beaches, and Mount Kilimanjaro.

The presidency said revenues from tourism were $2.5 billion last year, up from $1.9 billion in 2015. It said Tanzania had set aside 32 percent of its total land area for conservation activities and dismissed criticism from environmentalists about a $3 billion hydropower dam project in the Selous Game Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Also Read: Soccer-Tanzania fire coach after Cup of Nations exit


TRENDING

OPINION / BLOG / INTERVIEW

5G will be the key driving force for COVID-19 recovery: Here's how?

... ...

Canada’s COVID-19 pitfalls highlight need for integrated health information system

In the globalized world of today where outbreaks can spread far and wide within a matter of days, a global-level integrated health information system is ideal but Canadas provincial barriers show that the country lags much behind in deployi...

Pandemic must be impetus, not obstacle, for clean water access

To make matters worse, there are suspicions that the inadequacy of wastewater treatment methods in California, the rest of the USA, and indeed around the world may help to propagate the disease even more widely. ...

3D printing and the future of manufacturing post COVID-19

The on-demand, customizable, and localized manufacturing of product components facilitated by 3D printing has the potential to redefine manufacturing but there are certain technical, mechanical, and legal limitations that, unless ...

Videos

Latest News

UN voting on indefinite extension of arms embargo on Iran

The U.N. Security Council was finishing voting Friday on a U.S.-sponsored resolution to indefinitely extend the arms embargo on Iran, with veto-wielding Russia and China strongly opposed to it and likely abstentions from Americas European a...

Mets' deGrom scratched from Friday's start in Philly

New York Mets right-hander Jacob deGrom was scratched from Friday nights scheduled start in Philadelphia due to a stiff neck. The two-time Cy Young Award winner told reporters on a Zoom chat that his condition is not related to the back inj...

Athletics-Cheptegei smashes 5,000 metres world record at Monaco Diamond League

Ugandas Joshua Cheptegei produced a brilliant display of solo running to break Kenenisa Bekeles 16-year-old 5,000 metres world record by almost two seconds at the Monaco Diamond League meeting on Friday. Cheptegei, 23, had predicted a world...

ICPA requests AI Chairman for intervention on 'illegal pilots termination'

The Indian Commercial Pilots Association ICPA on Friday requested the Chairman of Air India AI for his intervention against illegal pilots termination after the request for withdrawal of resignation of 48 pilots was not accepted by the pers...

Give Feedback