DAR ES SALAAM, (Xinhua) --
Thirteen adult elephants will be fitted with
satellite collars in the next 10 days in Tanzania’s Mikumi
National Park and Selous Game Reserve, WWF Tanzania said in a
statement on Thursday.
The statement said
the fitting with satellite collars of the 13 elephants will
bring to 20 the total number of elephants fitted with the global
positioning system (GPS) satellite collars on adult elephants in
core areas and outside the core areas of the Selous ecosystem.
“The fitting of
satellite collars with improved technology will facilitate the
collection of data for effective monitoring and security
provision to large mammal movements and especially the elephants
that have, in recent years, been decimated by poaching,” said
the WWF statement.
The statement added
that the fitting of GPS collars will also strengthen elephant
conservation efforts in the Selous Game Reserve by alerting
field teams where each elephant family with elephants fitted
with GPS collars were heading to and help move them away from
croplands and reduce the risk of human-elephant conflicts.
“It will also
identify critical habitats, seasonal dispersal areas and
corridors for elephants that may require enhanced protection,”
said the statement.
Amani Ngusaru, WWF
Tanzania Country Director, said WWF was supporting the Selous
Game Reserve to attain zero poaching.
“We are excited to
be part of this important exercise and to support the
government’s efforts in the conservation of elephants in the
country,” he said.
Ngusaru added the
use of satellite collars was a proven technology as an effective
measure to monitor wildlife movements and at providing a
He said the Greater
Selous ecosystem required special attention of all concerned
conservation partners because it was the only area that can
guarantee a sufficient space for elephants and other wildlife.
exercise which began in December 2017 targeting 60 elephants was
being done in phases depending on prevailing weather conditions.
WWF was doing the
collaring in collaboration with the Tanzania Wildlife Management
Authority and the Tanzania Wildlife Research Institute.