19 January 2013

Tanzania: Njiro Hosts Wildlife Research Resource Unit

A new research unit to cater for wildlife studies has been established in Arusha going into records as among the fruits of mutual collaboration between Tanzanian and South Korean wildlife experts.

The Tanzania Wildlife Research Resources Unit, embedded in the already existing Tanzania Wildlife Research Institute, is a brainchild of the cooperation project on bio-resources between TAWIRI and the Korea National Research Resource Center (KNRRC).

"The new Wildlife Research resource Center will be housed in the TAWIRI Molecular Biology Laboratory which has been commissioned to complement the field veterinary laboratory located within Serengeti National Park," said Dr Simon Mduma the Director General for the Tanzania Wildlife Research Institute.

Previously, South Korea through its electronics giant 'Samsung,' equipped TAWIRI with cold-storage facilities; a fridge and freezer, as well as two laptop computers. The institute also got an optical and a stereo microscopes from KNRRC as contribution towards the establishment of the 'Tanzania Wildlife Research Resource Unit.'

"Arrival of cold-storage facilities was timely in enabling TAWIRI to continue with collection of biological specimens as well as utilization of biological resources through extraction of vaccines, drugs, diagnostic ventures and others," said Dr Mduma.

In his statement, the Director General of Korea National Research Resource Center, Dr Yeonhee Lee said the unit establishment was accomplished through assistance and support from National Research Foundation (NRF) and the Ministry of Education Science and Technology (MEST) of Korea.

The Tanzania Wildlife Research Institute which is headquartered in Njiro section of Arusha City, is a parastatal scientific organization operating under the Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism.

TAWIRI is responsible for conducting and coordinating wildlife research in the country with an overall objective of providing scientific information and advice to the Government and wildlife management authorities on the sustainable conservation of wildlife.

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