By Apolinari Tairo
Thailand, the biggest trophy market in South East Asia, has pledged to support Tanzania to fight poaching of the African elephant and the black rhino, the most threatened mammal species in Africa.
Khamis Suedi Kagasheki, Tanzania’s Minister for Natural Resources and Tourism, says a deal has been signed where Thailand will help Tanzania to fight against poaching syndicates operating in Asia and the Far East.
Kagasheki said Yingluck Shinawatra, the Premier of Thailand who concluded a three-day official tour of Tanzania, had signed four memoranda of understanding between the two nations two of which focused on National parks and Wildlife management shortly before she left the East African country.
Despite the expected support and technical assistance to Tanzania, Thailand remains a notorious market and transit route for bloody ivory from the African continent where elephants are threatened by extinction.
The Black African rhinoceros is on the brink of extinction, though a few remain under high protection in South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Tanzania and Kenya.
The rhino horn is the most expensive wildlife product, with a kilogramme of it fetching up to US$10,000 in East Asian markets. Thailand stands as the biggest black market for the bloody ivory from East Africa, while the rhino horn from the African rhinoceros is sold expensively in the capital, Bangkok. More....