Tanzania: EA States Urged to Act Tough On Poaching
January 1, 2014
Peter Temba, Tanzania Daily News

Moshi GOVERNMENTS in the East African region have been urged to take stern measures against poaching in order to maintain the survival of rare and endangered animal species in national parks.

"Recently there have been many disturbing reports of poaching in various media outlets in the region," said Mr Henry Mwizanduru, the Managing Editor of 'Savor Tanzania,' an international tourism and business magazine.

He said in Tanzanua there were reports about poaching in Simiyu region in a locality known as Mlima Ngoma, which is in Serengeti National Park. In the incident, four suspected armed poachers were gunned down as they were removing tusks from the carcass of an elephant.

They also possessed a sub-machine gun and 367 rounds of ammunition. "A week later a group of four suspected poachers was intercepted in a village in Dodoma region as they carried about 200 tusks that brought the total number of elephants which were killed last February to 100, an average of three elephants a day," he said.

Mr Mwizanduru added that in October, this year, over 214 elephant tusks were intercepted in Dar es Salaam worth 2.2bn/- which were destined for the Far East.

He said it was also reported that on February 8, this year, Ugandan authorities intercepted a large haul of ivory believed to belong to Joseph Kony's Lord's Resistance Army (LRA).

Governments, he said, should reverse the trend if tourism was to flourish in the East African states, whose tourism industries have been crucial for overall economic growth.

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26 more elephants killed with cyanide in national park in Zimbabwe
November 30, -0001
By FARAI MUTSAKA, Associated Press

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Rangers in Zimbabwe's Hwange National Park have discovered the carcasses of 26 elephants at two locations, dead of cyanide poisoning along with 14 other elephants who were found last week, officials said Wednesday.
Patrolling rangers discovered the carcasses Tuesday, according to Bhejani Trust and the National Parks and Wildlife Management Authority. Bhejani Trust undertakes joint animal monitoring and welfare work with the parks agency
Parks spokeswoman Caroline Washaya Moyo said 14 tusks were recovered from these elephants and others were not recovered. She said rangers found 16 of the elephants in an area known as Lupande and 10 others in Chakabvi.
Washaya-Moyo said no arrests have been made and investigations are in progress. Rangers recovered one kilo (2.2 pounds) of cyanide and are increasing patrols in the park, she said. Cyanide is widely used in Zimbabwe's mining industry and is easy to obtain.
"The poachers were probably disturbed by rangers on patrol, which is why some of the tusks were recovered. Cyanide poisoning is becoming a huge problem here and we are struggling to contain it," Trevor Lane, founder of Bhejani Trust and a leading wildlife conservationist told The Associated Press.
Last week, the parks agency reported that 14 elephants were poisoned by cyanide in in three separate incidents. In 2013, as many as 300 elephants died in Hwange park after poachers laced salt pans with cyanide.
On Monday, environment, Water and Climate Minister Oppah Muchinguri blamed a ban on Zimbabwean elephant sport hunting by the United States for increased poaching.
"All this poaching is because of American policies, they are banning sport hunting. An elephant would cost $120,000 in sport hunting but a tourist pays only $10 to view the same elephant," she said, adding money from sport hunting is crucial in conservation efforts.