Tarangire-Manyara Protection Project

Background

The Tarangire-Manyara ecosystem is located in northern Tanzania, and lies within the Babati, Karatu, Monduli, Simanjiro, and Kondoa Districts. The core of it consists of Tarangire National Park, Lake Manyara National Park, Mkungunero Game Reserve and the adjacent community land. The full ecosystem is 16 135 km2 in extent, but much of 60% of the total area falls outside of the formal Protected Areas.

The area supports approximately 4 202 elephants (TAWIRI census, 2014), which is the largest population in northern Tanzania. These elephants, together with many zebra, wildebeest and giraffe, migrate seasonally from the Tarangire and adjacent Lake Manyara National Parks to adjacent village lands. During the dry months they congregate in the National Parks where there is permanent water, and move out during the wet season. The area also supports buffalo, lion, leopard and cheetah, and East African ‘specials’ such as fringe-eared oryx, gerenuk and lesser kudu.

This project was started in 2015. It aims to help the Government and community stakeholders to meaningfully improve wildlife and associated natural resource law enforcement systems in the greater Tarangire- Manyara ecosystem, with a particular focus on elephant and giraffe protection.

Importantly, it should be stressed that PAMS Foundation does not implement law enforcement activities but merely supports those mandated and responsible to do so, effectively and efficiently. The successes achieved are therefore not ours, but theirs. However, we do set goals and measure the impact of our contributions to projects through the results and outcomes achieved by our implementing partners. It is noteworthy that in the case of the Burunge Wildlife Management Area-which adjoins both Tarangire and Lake Manyara National Parks- the results achieved in terms of the numbers of arrests, prosecutions, fines and seizures of illegal items exceeded those of the preceding 3 years within the first 4 months of us taking on the role of principal partners in wildlife protection.

 

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Project Aims & Objectives

The Project Aims to improve wildlife and associated natural resource law enforcement systems in the greater Tarangire- Manyara ecosystem, with a particular focus on elephant and giraffe protection.

 

Objectives include to:

  • Facilitate regular foot and aerial patrols
  • Set up and equip mobile ranger camps at strategic localities
  • Set up an informant network to better inform relevant Government and Community Authorised Association operations
  • Facilitate case follow up through to prosecution
  • Procure equipment for rangers and village game scouts
  • Train and better equip rangers and scouts in order to provide improved surveillance and anti-poaching rapid response, and to improve prosecution success
  • Provide Community Development and Support to local communities
  • Implement Human-Wildlife Conflict mitigation in priority areas
  • Roll out the ‘Living in Harmony with Nature’ education syllabus in local schools adjoining Tarangire and Lake Manyara National Parks.

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