United States and Tanzania Cooperate to Combat Poaching and Illicit Wildlife Trafficking

U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires Dr. Inmi Patterson presents keys to three Toyota Land Cruisers donated by the U.S. government to the Chairperson of Tanzania Wildlife Management Authority (TAWA). During a ceremony at the U.S. Embassy in Dar es Salaam on April 4, 2018.

Dar es Salaam: On April 4, 2018, Chargé d’Affaires Dr. Inmi Patterson presented officials of the Tanzania Wildlife Management Authority (TAWA) three Toyota Land Cruisers as part of the U.S. Government’s Wildlife Anti-Trafficking and Counter-Illicit Trade Training and Capacity Building Program.

The hand-over to TAWA of three Toyota Land Cruisers increases the rangers’ ability to conduct anti-poaching patrols in the Rungwa/Kizigo/Muhesi Game Reserve, highlighting ongoing and robust collaboration between the United States and Tanzania. Speaking at the event, Chargé Patterson noted that, “through a commitment to partnership between the government, its citizens, development partners, civil society organizations, and the private sector, we can combat the scourge of wildlife trafficking.”

Pictured from left to right: Chairperson of TAWA, Major General (rtd) Hamis Semfuko, the U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affairs Dr. Inmi Patterson, TAWA Director of Protection Mabula Misungwi, Rungwa Game Reserve Manager Patrick Kutondolana and TAWA Director General Dr. James Wakibara.

The United States Government is a proud partner for Tanzanian efforts to disrupt poaching and illicit wildlife trafficking, including through providing training, equipment, and capacity building to increase rangers’ ability to thwart poaching in the Rungwa/Kizigo/Muhesi Game Reserves. Current U.S. supported projects also include installation of a telecommunications system, renovation of two ranger posts, and installation of a pulley system across a river to allow for year-round access to the eastern side of the reserve. “Recent success is cause for optimism,” said Chargé Patterson, “but the fight against poaching and illegal wildlife trafficking is not over. The United States Government is proud to stand with you in this effort.”

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United States Government Wildlife Anti-Trafficking and Counter-Illicit Trade Efforts:

In October of 2016, former President Obama signed the Eliminate, Neutralize, and Disrupt Wildlife Trafficking Bill into Law. This law garnered unanimous bi-partisan support as it directed the U.S. Government to continue security assistance for counter-trafficking efforts, and ensured coordinated efforts between U.S. government agencies with U.S. missions abroad.

Through cooperation with TAWA, the U.S. Embassy works to preserve wildlife habitats through a wide range of coordinated efforts. For three years, this bilateral partnership has focused our efforts on collaborating with game park rangers in planning and executing focused patrols which equip Tanzanian defenders of wildlife with information. This work requires tools and the U.S. Government responded by supplying rangers with maps, GPS systems, tractors, trailers, and renovated ranger posts.