From The Citizen (Dar es Salaam, Tanzania):
Tanzania: More Rhinos Equals More Money
23 January 2012
Reports to the effect that the number of rhinos is rising in Ngorongoro is good news for two reasons. First, efforts to protect endangered species are evidently paying off.
Second, we have living proof that the Ngorongoro Conservation Area Authority is determined to protect Tanzania’s treasured wildlife.
The rhino count now stands at 45 and, if all goes well, there should be 50 of them by 2015.
The trend has been reversed in the past decade, resulting in an increase in the number of these valuable animals. It is not difficult to spot them these days, and this has boosted tourist numbers in our game reserves and national parks.
Tanzania earned about Sh1.901 trillion from tourism related activities in 2010. The projections for the last year were $1.7 billion. In 2010, the country earned a handsome $1.2 billion from 700,000-plus tourists, many of them from the big tourism sources.
But this is no time to rest on our laurels. Tourism is one of the key sectors that drive our economy. The relevant authorities, including Tanzania National Parks Authority (Tanapa), should double their efforts to curb poaching and protect endangered species.So should the rest of the population, which stands to benefit from any gains in tourism.
Tanzania: Ngorongoro Rhino Number Increases Eightfold: here.
Greenpeace Statement on Rhino Poaching in South Africa: here.
The Veterinary Genetics Laboratory (VGL) of the University of Pretoria at Onderstepoort, received a R100 000 boost from the SA Hunters and Game Conservation Association (SAHGCA) to help fund the upkeep of its Rhino DNA Index System (RhODIS): here.
Rhino wars – 7th March 2012: here.
March 2012. The South African Department of Environmental Affairs is concerned about the ongoing scourge of rhino poaching. To date, a total of 135 rhinos have been killed for the illegal trade in rhino horn: here.