Ranger Anti-Poaching Support
Ruaha National Park (RNP) is the largest national park in Tanzania, roughly a third larger than the Serengeti. Covering almost 12,500square miles in South West Tanzania, it is one of Africa’s last elephant strongholds. The Rungwa/Kizigo/Muhesi Game Reserve complex lies immediately north of RNP and is a key dispersal area for the elephant population.
Tanzania’s elephant population has being targeted by poachers in recent years. The recent government census indicated that 60% of the elephant population has been poached in the last 5 years, from 109,000 to an estimated 43,000 today.
Ruaha National Park and the adjacent Rungwa Game Reserve complex harbours one of the largest remaining elephant populations in East Africa, estimated at roughly 8,250 elephants today. Poaching for ivory within the landscape must be brought under control if these elephants are to have a future. The Wildlife Conservation Society has been working in the Ruaha National Park and surrounding areas since 2003 with an increased focus on elephant protection since 2013, providing targeted support to help the government reverse the present trends.
The Game Reserves are under-resourced and poachers are taking advantage of this situation. Accessibility is poor at certain times of the year and borders are porous. The mobilization of rangers is a priority.
Help us provide critical support in enhancing WCS anti-poaching efforts in the Game Reserves north of Ruaha National Parks. Funds will provide rangers with more mobility, in coordination with aerial support, to reach key patrol areas, with the provision of 4-5 Yamaha XTZ 125 motorbikes. These bikes, famed for their toughness and reliability, will significantly improve ranger deployment.
The Wildlife Conservation Society, founded in 1895, has the clear mission to save wildlife and wild places across the globe. Today, they protect many of the world’s iconic creatures, including gorillas in the Congo, tigers in India, wolverines in the Yellowstone Rockies, and ocean giants in our world’s amazing seascapes.
Since their founding, WCS has forged the power of their global conservation work and the management of five parks in New York City to create the world’s most comprehensive conservation organization. They currently manage about 500 conservation projects in more than 60 countries. In Tanzania, the WCS operates in 5 landscapes and 1 seascape (Zanzibar).
Wildlife Conservation Society
Ruaha National Park, Tanzania
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