Mtango Mtahiko

SENAPA Chief Park Warden Mr Mtango Mtahiko

“These vehicles will help to enhance our efforts to protect Serengeti resources,” SENAPA Chief Park Warden Mr Mtango Mtahiko remarked shortly after receiving the vehicles, both Land Cruiser types. Frankfurt Zoological Society (FZS) donated the vehicles as part of its continued efforts to ensure that the world famous park remains intact for the present and the coming generation.

“Today’s donation makes the number of vehicles we have given SENAPA four in 2012 alone,” FZS Africa Programme Regional Office Manager, Mr Gerald Bigurube remarked shortly after the donation. The head of FZS Africa Programme Dr Markus Borner, who was late last year nominated as one of the recipients of the 2012 leading world conservation award called Indianalis Prize, handed over the vehicles to the Chief Park Warden in a brief handing over occasion held at Seronera which is the headquarters of SENAPA.

Mr Mtahiko thanked FZS for the donation and appealed for more support that will help to protect the park against poaching from the international community. SENAPA is rated to be among the top world’s heritage sites. It is home to various species of flora and fauna that attract thousands of tourists from different parts of the world annually.

However, poaching incidents carried out by men from the surrounding communities have remained a serious concern among conservationists in the area for decades. With its headquarters in Germany, FZS spends an average of one million Euros every year to support conservation activities in Tanzania with Serengeti ecosystem getting top priority.

By MUGINI JACOB, Tanzania Daily News

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