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.
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
poacher was also found with torches and four machetes that were
used to kill the tall spotted mammals.
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
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.
routinely killed for their hides and meat, which is sought after
in the bush meat trade.
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.
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.
displays the giraffe as its national symbol, is among the
poaching hot spots for the tall mammal.
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
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.
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
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
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
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
“It is becoming a
psychological problem, as elephants are seeing a human being as
their enemy,” the official said.
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
“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.