Tanzanian elephants could be extinct within 7 years, official says

May 02, 2013

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Tanzania's jumbo elephant population could be wiped out in seven years if poaching continues at current rates, chairman of the parliamentary committee on land, environment and natural resources James Lembeli told the National Assembly on Tuesday (April 30th).

According to the Tanzania Wildlife Research Institute (TAWIRI), Tanzania had about 109,000 elephants in 2009, but fewer than 70,000 in 2012.

"If this poaching trend is left unchecked, obviously the elephant population will disappear in the next seven years," Lembeli said, according to Tanzania's The Guardian. "This is a national disaster. The government and its agencies should take serious measures to address the problem."

Lembeli called on the government to review the Wildlife Act of 2009, institute harsher punishments for poachers, hire more game rangers and procure adequate facilities and modern weapons to fight poaching.

To this end, he requested a budget for his committee of almost 75.7 billion shillings ($46.5 million) for the 2013-2014 fiscal year.

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  • len
    May 3, 2013 @ 02:48:46AM

    Its about time the various participants resposible for the welfare of the nation, woke up to this huge problem of poaching, if they do not then there will not be any elephants left. The big question is what will be the next animal to be killed Rhinos.?? Hippos. then what ever next the Hotels will close because visitors will not come to just look at trees and the bush!!!!!. The country will suffer untold financial damage and all Tanzanians will suffer including the usafadi !!!??. We have an Army more than capable of killing these disgusting creatures that kill these animals, thay should be shown no mercy whatsoever.( I firmly believe that a very aggresive approach must be taken, if you go soft on them they will just carry on as usual)Why not deploy the Military to combat this serious problem. not only would they cure the problem but would also give them more bush warfare training ( You cannot have to much training) I should know being and ex UK Army Officer. So come on you guys in charge get a grip of this situation, stop talking and lets see same real action from you guys on behalf of the citizens of this Great Country you are duty bound to impliment action against these poachers and their cohorts, which would also protect the future of the next generations.!!!?

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