CONSERVATION IN TANZANIA
“The survival of our wildlife is a matter of grave concern to all of us in Africa. The wild creatures amid the wild places they inhabit are not only important as a source of wonder and inspiration, but are an integral part of our nature resources and of our future livelihood and well being. In accepting the trusteeship of our wildlife, we solemnly declare thet we will do everything in our power to make sure that our children’s grand-children will be able to enjoy this rich and precious inheritance.”
Mwalimu J.K.Nyerere 1961 – Arusha Manifesto
Tanzania is undoubtedly a beauty in terms of nature and wildlife. National parks, conservation areas, reserves with big wildlife numbers and diversity of landscapes and ecosystems.
Over the years, from Nyerere’s statement, much has been done to maintain his commitment and an elaborate wildlife conservation policy has been developed through education and specific laws.
In Moshi, Kilmanjaro Region, there is a special place, Mweka – The College of African Wildlife Management, completely dedicated to prepare students on this subject. They will be rangers, guides, managers of the Authorities that work to preserve all this richness. Moody and Filippo studied there and they know only too well the importance of awareness, they know what it means to preserve and protect, because Tanzanian wildlife is important not only for Tanzania: it is a treasure for all of us.
Let’s just think of all the endemic species present on the territory with mammals, antelopes, primates, reptiles, birds, plants and probably species that have not been discovered yet. And then the endengered animals and the programs to repopulate and protect them: I am talking about wild dogs, black rhinos, chimpanzees, so delicate and vulnerable.
In terms of habitats, Tanzania includes a huge number of them: splendid lakes, among which some alkaline ones like Natron, Eyasi and Manyara which are so important for birds, and then grasslands, woodlands, wetland, swamps and ancient mountains with an extraordinary diverity and miombo woodland with its incredible population of elephant and black rhinos.
All this richness must be preserved, protected and studied and it is possible through a responsible and sustainable tourism. This is what guides us in our job: share in the respect of the delicacy of all these extraordinary places.