The COVID-19 outbreak has decimated the tourism industry in Serengeti. Less tourist traffic means more opportunities for wildlife poaching, and many local people working in tourism have been left without work.
We launched Serengeti Mission Possible to meet both of these challenges. Specifically, we are training tourism staff to help fight poaching in the park, including the removal of wire snares -- which kill up to 150,000 animals a year -- and assisting with broader anti-poaching work. This work also helps to keep a law enforcement presence in areas of the Serengeti National Park that are now empty of people due to the lack of tourists.
MOBILIZE ADDITIONAL DESNARING TEAMS
The desnaring teams detect and remove wire snares placed for illegal hunting in the park. Thousands of these snares are removed every year. The project is supported by the Tanzanian Tourist Operators Organisation and Frankfurt Zoological Society.
More desnaring patrols will increase the law enforcement presence significantly.
HOW MUCH MONEY IS NEEDED?
Currently each team costs on average 2,400 USD per month to keep in the field.
Monthly salaries for one 8-man team = 1,350 USD
Monthly rations & allowances = 430 USD
Monthly vehicle costs (fuel, repairs & maintenance) = 620 USD
Help us to bring as many patrols on the ground as possible.
Funds will also be used to employ tourism staff as needed to help with other anti-poaching activities, such as maintaining airstrips for anti-poaching aircraft.
100% of your donation directly supports the Serengeti Mission Possible project.
More information can be found here: https://fzs.org/en/projects/serengeti-conservation/serengeti-de-snaring-programme/
Read our June 2020 newsletter about the program.