24 September 2013

Tanzania: 100 Tanzanian Youth to Get Ranger Training As Part of Anti-Poaching Efforts

Tanzania National Parks (TANAPA) is providing a three-month military training for 100 youth as part of the country's efforts to fight poaching, Tanzania's Daily News reported Tuesday (September 24th).

Those selected to participate in the training have successfully passed military training tests and will begin the next phase of their preparation October 1st, TANAPA said. They will be considered for employment with the service after completion of the training.

The training is one part of TANAPA's scaled-up efforts to combat poaching. For instance, a rapid response team of 40 rangers recently underwent six months of supplementary training.

There have been no incidents of poaching since February in the Tarangire and Lake Manyara national parks, which TANAPA attributed to increased protection measures.

Furthermore, between April and June, 1,116 poachers were arrested across the country, 248 of them in Serengeti National Park.

The national parks authority is also continuing to investigate accusations that its officers are engaged in poaching activities.

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