ARUSHA, Tanzania (Xinhua) -- The installation of superior digital radio communication networks in northern Tanzania’ s Serengeti National Park (SENAPA) is expected to beef up wildlife security against poaching.
Denis Rentsch, Project Manager of Serengeti Ecosystem Management Office of the Frankfurt Zoological Society (FZS), said on Sunday that Tanzania’s second largest wildlife sanctuary plays an imperative role in the country’s tourism sector, hence the installation of the ultra-modern communication will make the park safer.
"There are experts on the ground who are working on installing the digital radio communication network," he said.
FZS is one of Tanzania National Park’s staunchest supporters over the past decades. Since 1950s, the German-based organization has been pumping tens of millions of U.S. dollars for boosting conservation as well as wildlife security in Tanzania’s wildlife sanctuaries.
Rentsch said that the digital radio communication system replaces the old analogue technology that was in use for many years in the area of about 14,763 square km.
According to the official, SENAPA is one of the beneficiaries of the technology, which is to be instrumental in facilitating Tanzania National Parks (TANAPA) security operations through the upgrading of its current analogue network to a more robust and enhanced digital platform.
The new technology has additional capabilities such as GPS tracking, messaging and voice encryption.
This is expected to greatly reduce maintenance costs and increase efficiency in communications.
"This will ultimately ensure timely and accurate responses to cases of human wildlife conflict, poaching and visitor security," said Rentsch.
William Mwakilema, the SENAPA Chief Park Warden said the park has made a recommendable efforts towards protecting wildlife from poachers in the past two years.
"Poaching is currently the greatest threat to our tourism industry, so we’ll make sure the park is free from poaching.
"We also working with local communities around in conservation and most of them are now aware of the challenge and they are ready to beef up the fight against poachers," he said.