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Monday, 7 October 2013

SELOUS ECOSYSTEM WILDLIFE AND ELEPHANT CENSUS 2013 BEGINS


THE UNITED REPUBLIC OF TANZANIA
MINISTRY OF NATURAL RESOURCES AND TOURISM


Local and international experts have gathered under the leadership of Tanzania’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism (MNRT) to carry out an elephant survey of the Selous Ecosystem, commencing on the 4th of October. This census is a critical step towards boosting Tanzania’s resource protection and antipoaching efforts countrywide.

Recent findings illuminate the severity of the poaching crisis in Tanzania, with estimates suggesting that poaching is on the rise in various protected areas, including the Selous Ecosystem. The Selous Game Reserve is a UNESCO World Heritage site, since 1982 world famous tourist destination, and home to one of Africa’s most important elephant populations. It is also one of the areas hardest hit by the poaching wave.

Against the background of this alarming news, Tanzania’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism (MNRT) is taking proactive steps to address the issue. To gain a better understanding of the current threats to Tanzania’s elephant populations, national and international experts will now count the elephants in the Selous Ecosystem.

As ivory poaching represents one of the major threats to wildlife in Tanzania, understanding and monitoring the distribution and population size of elephants across this ecosystem is a top priority for anti-poaching efforts.

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TWITTER: Live twitter feeds will be broadcasted using hashtag #ele2013.

FACEBOOK: Updates will also be provided regularly on www.facebook.com/fzs.tz and www.facebook.com/mnrt.go.tz

ISSUED BY:
HON. AMBASSADOR KHAMIS KAGASHEKI
MINISTER FOR NATURAL RESOUCES AND TOURISM

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