ES SALAAM (Xinhua) --
conservator said on Monday that massive poaching in Selous Game
Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in southeast Tanzania, has
resulted in the population of elephants dropping to 13,000 in
2013 from 110,000 in 1976.
Selous Game Reserve chief conservator Benson Kibonde told
journalists at the reserve that poaching was the main reason
behind the decreased population of the elephants.
Game Reserve, covering 50,000 square km, is amongst the largest
protected areas in Africa and is home to one of the most
significant concentrations of elephant, black rhinoceros,
cheetah, giraffe, hippopotamus and crocodile, amongst many other
1976 the reserve had 110,000 elephants but the number went
down to 30,000 in 1989,” Kibonde said, adding that this
pathetic situation led to the launch of an anti-poaching
operation called Operation Uhai.
said Operation Uhai proved to be successful as the elephant
population improved to 70,000.
the tidal wave of poaching increased again and resulted in the
population of elephants plummeting to 13,500,” he said.
Nyalandu, the deputy minister for Natural Resources and Tourism,
said the government was in the process of creating a Tanzania
wildlife authority that will specifically deal with wildlife
said a draft for the establishment of the authority has
already been made pending approval by the parliament.
revealed over the weekend that at least 60 elephants were
reported to have been killed in various national parks and game
reserves within the country after the suspension of an anti-
poaching operation called Operation Tokomeza Ujangili which
means Wipe Out Poaching.
operation culminated in the sacking of four cabinet ministers a
week ago, well after it had been suspended by the National
Assembly in early November this year following reports of
violation of human rights.
told a press conference in Dar es Salaam on Sunday that only two
elephants were butchered when the operation was going on.
it was suspended, which is not more than 50 days, he said, more
than 60 elephants have been killed - that is to say at least one
elephant was killed a day..