Tanzanian PM commends wildlife research institution for controlling
December 3, 2022
Tanzanian Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa on Friday commended the Tanzania
Wildlife Research Institute (TAWIRI) for controlling elephants that raid
farm crops and residential areas in the southern part of the east African
A statement by the Prime Minister's Office said Majaliwa made the
commendation after he was briefed by TAWIRI that it has managed to control
four herds of elephants with a total of 82 of the animals.
Eblate Mjingo, TAWIRI director general, told the Prime Minister in Lindi
region that the wildlife research institution has managed to collar
elephants belonging to one of the four herds to enable game rangers to
track stray elephants that raid farm crops and residential areas.
"Elephants in the remaining three groups of herds will be collared by
Saturday," said Mjingo, adding that one of the groups has a herd of 50
He said some elephants were wreaking havoc in Nachingwea district and one
herd was in Liwale district in Lindi region.
Plans to collar the elephants were announced in July by the Deputy Minister
for Natural Resources and Tourism, Mary Masanja, after she visited some
villages that had fallen victim to elephant attacks.
The collars include Global Positioning System (GPS) and Global System for
Mobile Communications (GSM) tracking devices that are placed around an
elephant's neck to monitor their movements and behavior as well as to
assist with conservation actions.