The Natural Resources and Tourism Minister Pindi Chana on Friday said wildlife experts have launched a collaring of wild animals in Mikumi, Ruaha and Julius Nyerere national parks to protect them from poachers and to trace them before they raided farms and residential areas in villages adjacent to the parks.
Speaking at the launch of the project in Mikumi National Park, Chana added that the collaring will target elephants, lions, leopards, wild dogs and giraffes with the aim of providing early warnings in case the wild animals were hunted by poachers or they strayed from the national parks.
She said the collaring of the wild animals will also help boost the conservation of the animals that are on the brink of extinction, adding it will also help in controlling poaching, illegal hunting, and the identification of available pastures for the animals, Xinhua news agency reported.
The collars include Global Positioning System and Global System for Mobile Communications tracking devices that are placed around the animals’ necks to monitor their movements and behaviour as well as to assist with conservation actions.
She added that experts have been drawn from the Tanzania Wildlife Research Institute and the Tanzania National Parks.
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