Wildlife charity World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) on Wednesday urged African nations to tackle elephant poaching which it said was recently on the rise.
“The increase in elephant poaching is highly linked to an increase of ivory prices and illegal markets in the Far East and South East Asia,” WWF Tanzania Director Amani Ngusaru said in a statement marking the World Elephant Day.
He called for more international cooperation between “source, transit and consumer countries”.
“There is also a need for improving enforcement policies to prevent the illegal poaching and trade of ivory, conserving elephant habitats, better treatment for captive elephants and when appropriate, reintroducing captive elephants into natural and protected sanctuaries,” he said.
An elephant census conducted in the main elephant ecosystems from May to November last year indicates a “significant decline” in the elephant population in Tanzania, WWF said.
In 2009 there were 110,000 elephants in Tanzania, while by 2014 the number dwindled to about 43,521, it said.
“Poaching, habitat loss and other cruelty are alarming. Tanzania being a treasure of elephants in Africa has recently revealed its catastrophe,” the statement said.
It praised Tanzania’s strategy of involving local communities into the fight against wildlife crime. Enditem