Game Rangers Recruited To Control Destructive Wild Animals In Tanzania 

By The Weekly Vision Online

Tanzania’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism is in the process of recruiting 600 games rangers that will help in controlling destructive wild animals, a senior official told parliament.

Mary Masanja, the Deputy Minister for Natural Resources and Tourism, told parliament in Dodoma that the game rangers will help control wild animals that stray from protected areas to villages and destroy farm crops.

Masanja said in addition to recruitment of the 600 game rangers, wildlife authorities are training villagers on how to protect themselves in case of raids by the wild animals.

 “The authorities have already conducted such training in 17 districts in the country,” she said in response to a Member of Parliament for women’s Special Seats, Minza Mjika. Mjika had asked the deputy minister to explain measures being taken by the government in controlling human-wildlife conflicts in villages located close to protected areas. Statistics by the Wildlife Department in the Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism show that 1,069 people were killed from wild animals attacks between 2012 and 2019.

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