DAR ES SALAAM Tanzania (Xinhua) --
Six lions and 74 vultures were found dead near a
national park in southern Tanzania this week after they were
poisoned to death, authorities said on Friday.
for Natural Resources and Tourism Gaudence Milanzi said the way
the animals were killed suggested they had been poisoned by
local herdsmen amid an escalating human-wildlife conflict in the
“I can confirm that
six lions were poisoned in the wildlife management area just
outside of the Ruaha National Park.
"We are investigating this
incident,” Milanzi said.
launched by the government has been able to arrest one suspect,
with samples of the poisoned lions and vultures taken to the
Chief Government Chemist Laboratory to identify the type of
poison used,” he said.
Tanzania’s 2 billion
U.S. dollar tourism sector, which depends heavily on wildlife
safari, is the biggest foreign exchange earner, but there are
growing clashes between wildlife populations, farmers and
described the latest mass poisoning of lions and endangered
vultures near the Ruaha National Park as a “devastating scene,”
with the scavengers killed after eating a poisoned cattle
“Six lions... had
been killed, apparently from poison, as they were all found
close to a scavenged cattle carcass,” the Ruaha Carnivore
Project (RCP), part of Oxford University’s Wildlife Conservation
Research Unit (WildCRU), said in a statement.
“This event had
additional tragic consequences, with dozens of critically
endangered vultures found dead or badly affected,” the statement
said. “They eventually found 74 dead vultures as well as the six
Four other sick
vultures were taken to the Ruaha National Park for treatment.
One died shortly after arrival, but the others are doing well,
“It appears as if
someone poisoned a carcass after lions attacked cattle.
Alarmingly, poisoning is a common response to conflict,” said
the Ruaha Carnivore Project, which is monitoring lion
populations in Tanzania.
In 2014, a herdsman
near the Ikona Wildlife Management Area in Serengeti district in
Mara region poisoned to death seven lions after they attacked
Tanzanian PM slams fishing with
poison in Lake Victoria
ARUSHA, Tanzania (Xinhua) --
Tanzanian Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa on
Sunday condemned the ongoing use of poison in fishing in Lake
Victoria, saying the practice should be brought to an end due to
its diverse impact on the fisheries industry.
Majaliwa made the
remarks when speaking in northern Tanzania’s district of Bunda,
located on the southern shores of Lake Victoria, which is highly
affected with illegal fishing.
The Tanzanian leader
described the practice as barbaric as it destroys the fish
market both within and outside the nation.
pointed out that the use of poison to snare fish in Lake
Victoria can lead to health problems, because the consumption of
fish caught through the use of chemicals is a major cause of
diseases, including cancer.
fisheries officers in the Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries to
prevent fishermen in the lake area from using illegal fishing
Some fishermen use
outlawed fishnets such as beach seining and undersized nets, as
well as dynamite fishing, he noted.
“These kinds of
fishing methods will destroy the marine resources in Lake
Victoria,” Majaliwa said.
fisheries officers to conduct new inspections of all fishing
vessels around Lake Victoria.