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Poacher arrested for allegedly killing
eight giraffes in northern Tanzania

ARUSHA, Tanzania (Xinhua) -- Tanzania’s Wildlife Division’s anti-poaching unit (KDU) is holding a suspected poacher for allegedly killing eight giraffes in the northern district of Simanjiro.

Hussein Ibrahim Janjiti(56), a resident of Oljoro 5 in Simanjiro was by Monday noon, in KDU’s custody for interrogation over the killing of the national symbol on Sunday night.

Jesca Riwa, KDU’s acting zonal commander confirmed the arrest and the ongoing interrogation of Janjiti, who is said to be found in possession four motorcycles and some trophies which include Zebra and giraffe meat.

The suspected poacher was also found with torches and four machetes that were used to kill the tall spotted mammals.

The anti-poaching official disclosed that the suspected poacher was in the company of seven other people who managed to escape the KDU’s net.

“We managed to arrest Janjiti and we have since dispatched an anti-poaching intelligence unit to the area to investigate the killings,” she said.

According to Riwa, preliminary investigations were still ongoing over the matter, and that they would issue a comprehensive report once the team finalizes the investigations.

“A team of four men is already on the ground and we will provide full details appertaining to the killing of the eight giraffes,” disclosed the anti-poaching official.

A full report on the giraffes’ killings is due to come out Tuesday, according to Riwa.

Giraffes are routinely killed for their hides and meat, which is sought after in the bush meat trade.

Conservationists say giraffe poaching is now on the rise after their populations on the continent plummeted by 40 percent in the last 15 years.

With its spindly legs, distinctive patterning, and long neck, the giraffe makes a compelling figure on the savannah.

However, the population of the world’s tallest mammal has dropped sharply in recent decades—from about 150,000 in 1985 to fewer than 100,000 today, according to wildlife experts.

Tanzania, which displays the giraffe as its national symbol, is among the poaching hot spots for the tall mammal.

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EARLIER REPORT:

Elephant kills a potato grower in southern Tanzania

ARUSHA Tanzania (Xinhua) -- A wild elephant has killed a farmer by trampling him to death after a group of mammals rampaged into a village in southern Tanzania’s district of Tunduru, authorities said Monday.

The incident happened in Twendembele village in the district, and the elephant killed the 35-year-old man, who was on his sweet potatoes’ farm, which is located along Mkundi River. The killed man was identified as Hamisa Malongo.

The incident occurred on Sunday night when jumbos stormed the village in search of food and water from the nearby Selous Game Reserve, according to eyewitnesses.

They said that the deceased was chasing the largest mammals from sweet potato farm.

“It is so sad! Malongo was trying to chase the animals away, but without his knowledge, the elephants started charging against him and finally they trampled on him to his death,” one of the eyewitnesses said.

Villagers heaped the blames on wildlife officers for failing to control the animals from getting into peoples’ homes as they come from Selous Game Reserve—one of the largest remaining wilderness areas in Africa, with relatively undisturbed ecological and biological processes, including a diverse range of wildlife with significant predator/prey relationships.

Limbega Ally, Acting Tunduru District Wildlife Officer, confirmed the incident, saying his office has dispatched wildlife rangers to team up with villagers to chase the animals into the Selous Game Reserve.

The official said that elephants in the area are becoming furious against humans because of poaching, which in recent day villagers have been in the frontline to kill the jumbos, once they storm into their villages.

“It is becoming a psychological problem, as elephants are seeing a human being as their enemy,” the official said.

He, however, challenged local communities to stop from doing economic activities such as farming in wildlife corridors, as they disturb the movement of wildlife.

He revealed: “The farm of the killed man has located 200 meters from the game reserve, something which is against the law because farming activities need to be done 500 meters from the sanctuary boundaries.”

“We are determined to reinforce patrols in notorious areas for poaching as well as removing pastoralists and farmers who get into the game reserve,” he said. 

           

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