In partnership with PAMS Foundation (www.pamsfoundation.org), the Elephant Action League is supporting an anti-poaching program in Ruaha, Tanzania’s largest National Park, which forms the heart of a unique and large ecosystem, with over 4 million hectares of protected areas. With the growth in the illicit ivory trade, the Ruaha elephant population is becoming increasingly targeted.
The Project’s main objectives are:
• providing advanced training on anti-poaching
• establishing an informer network in communities adjacent to the National Park for the gathering and analysis of intelligence information needed for enabling effective preventive and reactive actions against poacher networks
• providing incentives for exemplary performance
• developing a security plan for the Park
- Training of Tanzania National Parks (TANAPA) field rangers in Ruaha National Park in best practice anti-poaching techniques in order to form a Rapid Response Team to effectively respond to poaching where needed;
- 22 rangers successfully completed the full course. They, together with other 19 rangers now form 2 rapid response anti-poaching teams that are deployed to react to poaching in and around the priority ivory poaching areas of Tanzania’s National Parks.
- Five operations in and around Ruaha National Park were conducted using the new anti-poaching teams, with the following results:
- 8 poachers/traders arrested
- 9 tusks seized
- 2 shotguns recovered
More info on this project here: https://earthleagueinternational.org/project/tanzania-ruaha-national-park-anti-poaching-august-2013
EAL and PAMS are now enlarging the scope of work and launching new projects.
Photo credits: PAMS Foundation