By Malela Kassim
Wildlife conservation experts in the country have advised the government to apply modern science and technology in protecting and conserving wild animals, particularly the endangered species.
The advice came following the increasing wave of poaching in the country which has been skyrocketing despite various efforts by the government and civil society organisations to curb the problem.
Speaking separately to The Guardian in Dar es Salaam yesterday, some of the experts said in the current modern and technology era, there is no need of applying traditional methods of protecting wild animals which have also proved failure.
“We need to have modern tools and methods which can give a clear picture of what is going on in various animal reserves then report to the responsible authorities without the necessarily physical presence of the officers,’’ said Prof Ramadhan Senzota a specialised expert on wildlife conservation at the University of Dar es Salaam.
He said to address the problem there is a need of attracting more investors into the sector, reasoning that by doing so the government can get assistance in protecting the animals from the investors as the latter’s business prosperity depends on the wildlife.
“These investors will also bring along modern ways of protecting the wildlife,” he suggested.
He further urged the government and responsible authorities to provide more education on the importance of various species.
“It is obvious that sometimes the relationship between those living near the reserves and the authorities responsible in protecting the animals is poor due to the fact that the critters sometimes attack and destroy farms,” he said.
He noted that the poor response has been causing the residents to apply their decision of killing the animals or collaborating with poachers in order to overcome the problem. More....