To find the best options to save Tanzania elephants, a special program was launched by the Tanzania National Parks. This program monitors the movements of elephants in Ruaha National Park and is supported by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).
Working together with the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the UNDP is helping to fund this program in order to support elephant monitoring in Rungwa Game Reserve and Ruaha National Park. This monitoring is being done through the use of a satellite system.
Mr. Allan Kijazi, Director General of Tanzania National Parks, said the main objective of monitoring the movements of elephants through satellite is to gather up information on the elephants seasonal movements in the Great Ruaha landscape.
In order to monitor the elephants’ activity patterns and regional and local movements, the World Elephant Centre was contracted by the UNDP to tag 30 elephants with GPS tracking collar units.
Each unit will come with a mortality sensor built right in to inform researchers if a fitted elephant is killed. The 30 GPS units will be spread evenly around core areas, game reserves, and wildlife management areas around the Ruaha ecosystem.
Information gathered around the elephants seasonal movement patterns will help rangers come up with more informed patrols outside the main protected area.
Under a participative initiative and community conservation, MBOMIPA a local community wildlife conservation program, was formed that involves 19 villages of neighbors to Ruaha Park. This is the leading community wildlife program in Tanzania whose goal is to manage a sustainable and effective wildlife management system under the authority of the community.
MBOMIPA is devoted to promoting sustainable management of all cultural and natural resources to contribute to the decrease in poverty and enhance local economic development in the villages where it operates.
According to the UNDP, this natural, sustainable and community-based resource management is vital to the overall solution to illegal wildlife trade, elephant poaching and poverty reduction methods.
The Global Environmental Facility and UNDP conservation project called SPANEST has also been created which focuses on conserving the landscape and wildlife of Tanzania’s Southern circuit which includes protected areas in Kitulo, Mount Rungwe, Ruaha and Mpanga-Kipengere.
With the support of the UNDP, a census that was conducted through the project showed an evident decline in the population of elephants in the Ruaha-Rungwa ecosystem, which fell from 31,625 elephants back in 2009 to 20,090 in the year 2013.
UNDP is dedicated to supporting the drive against wildlife trade by offering help to Tanzania in the rule of law, governance, environment protection, and poverty eradication support to governments as well as other partners.
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The Kakadu’s floodplains are being devastated by wild buffalo and they are destroying native fauna and flora as well. However, a new program where GPS tracking collars are being used is set in place to better understand the feral animals’ movements which will help the World Heritage National Park finally stop them.
In Arnhem Land, neighboring Kakadu National Park, there was a 2014 aerial survey of the wild
buffalo which estimated that across 92,000 square kilometers of country there were about 98,000 buffalo.
According to Charles Darwin University’s PhD student and the project’s main researcher, Stewart Pittard, the buffalo are becoming a huge problem.
Benn Bryant, wildlife veterinarian, was brought in to sedate the buffalo while Pittard secured the collars on their necks. The team comes in by helicopter and chases the herd of buffalo until they are able to shoot a tranquilizer dart into one of them. Once shot, the buffalo will collapse in minutes.
While unconscious, which is a brief time, temperature readings and blood will be taken by the wildlife veterinarian along with measures and records of its respiratory rates and heart. While this is happening, Pittard attaches the collar on the neck of the buffalo as the team above in the helicopter keeps an eye out for other dangerous wild animals.
Once the job is finished, Bryant administers an antidote which will reverse the anesthesia which gives Bryant and Pittard 90 seconds to get to safety. The buffalo is up and walking inside a minute.
The team is at risk since they are working with big dangerous animals and extremely potent capture drugs. The environment they are working in is unpredictable as well. Because of these things, this project as to be managed very carefully, according to Bryant.
Female buffalo often weighing about 800 kilograms are targeted through this program since they usually stick with the herd.
The collars that are put on the female buffalo will stay on them for around a year to allow researchers to study their movements which will enable them to develop a strict management strategy for the buffalo in Kakadu.
Anthony Simms, Kakadu’s threatened species manager claims the buffalo destroy the resources the native animals rely on and the places they live. To understand the wild buffalo better, where they range, their impacts and the threats they pose, helps the park to come up with better plans of managing the species and problems.
This $230,000 buffalo GPS tracking projects is funded jointly by Kakadu Management and the Australian Research Council.