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    Tanzania cuts license for elephant hunting

    APA-Arusha- Tanzania

    Tanzania Wildlife Management Authority (TAWA), officer in charge Violet Musika has on Tuesday said that Tanzania is currently only issuing 100 elephant hunting licenses annually as way of safeguarding the species.

    A recently released wildlife census report indicated that there are 43,521 elephants in Tanzania, but as it seems 70,000 had been lost over the past six years, prompting TAWA to initiate spirited control

    measures.


    She said this today during a media briefing session in Arusha, where she highlighted the fact that TAWA has reduced the number of elephant hunting permits issued per year.


    “Normally the country’s annual hunting season in the country runs between July and December, and we have taken steps to ensure the species are protected,” she said.


    The Officer-in-charge explained further that, TAWA which manages all game reserves in the country currently totaling 18, collected 80 per cent of wildlife-related revenues from hunting concessions and 20 per cent of earnings are generated from photographic safaris.


    “But 65 per cent of all earnings are sent back to the local villages surrounding game reserves. TAWA gets only 20 per cent while the remaining 15 per cent is channeled into district council coffers,” she

    said.


    According to her, the government has ensured that local residents got the lion’s share of earnings raised from wildlife-related products. Reports indicate that Tanzania had around 110,000 jumbos by 2009, placing the country in the second position after Botswana, which by then had close to 150,000 elephants.


    However, the number of trumpeting jumbos in Tanzania drastically dropped from over 100,000 five years ago to the current 45,000 average, indicating a loss of more than 60 per cent in the animals’

    population. About two years ago, the Tanzania Wildlife Research Institute (TAWIRI), in conjunction with the Frankfurt Zoological Society (FZS), conducted a special wildlife census targeting jumbos.


    The ‘Great Elephant Census’ covered all of Tanzania’s key elephant eco-systems as part of the initiative funded by Paul G. Allen to assess the current state of elephant populations across the African continent.



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