SALAAM Tanzania (Xinhua) -- A
team of Tanzanian wildlife researchers on Monday raised
an alarm over the killings of cheetahs by speeding
tourist cars in the Serengeti National Park.
The team appealed to relevant authorities to control
drivers of tourists’ vehicles to avoid further killings
of the animals which are on the brink of extinction.
The researchers from state-owned Tanzania Wildlife
Research Institute are undertaking a research program
aimed at establishing reasons behind the decline of
cheetah population in the Serengeti National Park.
Dennis Minja, the coordinator of the research
program, said between 2016 and 2018 eight cheetahs were
knocked down in the Serengeti National Park by speeding
"One of the big cats were knocked down in 2016, four
were killed in 2017 and three in 2018," said Minja,
adding that the 5,000 U.S. dollar penalty for drivers
who knocked down wild animals in reserved areas was too
compassionate to control the malpractice.
Minja said cheetah is among 10 wild animals in the
world declared on the verge of extinction by the
International Union for Conservation of Nature, an
international organization working in the field of
nature conservation and sustainable use of natural
"Relevant authorities should do all they can to
ensure that the cheetah is protected to the maximum,"
said the scientist, adding that cheetahs are also
threatened by climate change, poaching and encroachment
of human activities.
Statistics indicate that in 2007, there were between
569 and 1,007 cheetahs in Tanzania, between 710 and 793
cheetahs in Kenya, between 40 and 295 cheetahs in Uganda
and approximately 200 in Somalia.
TAZARA in talks
with Zambia firm over transport of petroleum
CHINGOLA, Zambia (Xinhua) --
The Tanzania-Zambia Railway (TAZARA) is in talks with
Zambia’s state-run railway firm on how best to move
30,000 tons of petroleum from the port of Dar-es-Salaam
into Zambia, a company spokesperson said on Tuesday.
Conrad Simuchile, head of public relations at TAZARA,
said discussions are underway with the Zambia Railways
on how to move the fuel using railway transport after
Zambian petroleum transporters abandoned using the
Tanzania route due to a new law that limits the amount
of cargo a truck is to carry.
He said in a statement that the two railway firms
hope to finalize the talks with petroleum suppliers by
the end of April.
Bruno Ching’andu, TAZARA’s managing director, said
the railway firm is readying itself to move over 30,000
tons of fuel per month.