By Malela Kassim
About 30,000 elephants are slaughtered every year, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature. According to data from the Tanzania Wildlife Research Institute, Tanzania is losing 30 elephants daily to poaching.
The Minister for Natural resource and Tourism, Ambassador Khamis Kagasheki has already noted that the situation on the ground tells that the remaining elephants in the country are in danger of being completely wiped out if urgent measures are not taken.
“We must act now. The situation on the ground is alarming and intolerable,’’ says Kagasheki as he was officiating at the workshop organised by TANAPA to News Editors in the country which was held in Iringa region recently.
During the workshop, the Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee on Lands, Natural Resources and Environment, James Lembeli cautions that if serious measures are not implemented, elephants will disappear in the near future.
“Our grandsons and daughters will see these animals through pictures only as they will not be there to see them physically,’’ cautions Lembeli.
However, the current statistics from International Union for Conservation of Nature shows that the total world elephant population is about 423,000, down from about 1.3 million in 1979.
The issue which brings more shock is that, these poachers do use advanced and sophisticated weapons such as automatic firearms with silencers and advanced telescope to conduct their illegal activities.
It has been reported that some poachers are using Global Position System (GPS) to know the areas frequented by certain animals species which are highly on demand and later on lay out strategies to poach them.
While poachers are being reported to use advanced technological equipments to fulfill their missions, the government has not yet invest much in applying science and technology to combat poaching in national parks and game reserves. More....