Botswana: Ranger Urges Residents to Develop Tourism

Nxaraga — Field ranger at Great Plains Conservation and Expanding Natural Habitats, Mr Mpho Malongwa has applauded residents of Nxaraga for playing a positive role in protecting wild animals found in their area.

Mr Malongwa said this during the launch of hippos feeding project in Nxaraga recently. He encouraged residents to see the presence of hippos in their village as the beginning of good things to come. He said the hippos had the potential to turn Nxaraga into a tourism destination. The village is about 70 kilometres from Maun.

The project, which is led by Elephant Protection Society (EPS) and supported by Great Plains Conservation and Expanding Natural Habitats, is meant to assist about 80 hippos affected by the drying of the river due to drought.

Mr Malongwa also advised residents to shun poaching and to avoid being used as pawns in poaching syndicates.

He said locals should continue to protect wild animals as their revenue contributed to development of communities. Another conservationist and chairperson of EPS in Maun, Mr Oaitse Nawa advised residents of Nxaraga to develop the tourism product found in their village

Mr Nawa, who is a guide and the brainchild behind the hippos feeding project, implored residents to consider using the hippos and wildlife found in their area to attract tourists.

He further advised residents to be careful whenever in the vicinity of wild animals to prevent deaths caused by wild animals.

For his part, Kgosi Gaolathwe Gaenyatswe of Nxaraga commended residents for uniting to protect the stranded hippos. He requested other stakeholders to come on board and assist wild animals affected by the drought.

Source : BOPA

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