tanzania news papers of january 20 2017

11:17:00 PM

Now it’s hippos being lined up for 'big-time poaching'

2:20:00 AM
The government says a new countrywide hippopotamus census is on the cards to verify reports that poaching cartels in Tanzania and elsewhere in Africa are killing them off to sell their teeth in a lucrative Asian market
Amid reports of wildlife poachers now targeting hippopotamuses as a new get-rich-quick opportunity, the government has said plans are underway to conduct the first countrywide census of the ugly-looking animals in 16 years as a protective measure.




THE INTERNATIONAL UNION FOR CONSERVATION OF NATURE (IUCN), WHICH ALSO MONITORS WILDLIFE, CLASSIFIES HIPPOS AS A VULNERABLE SPECIES BECAUSE OF ILLEGAL, UNREGULATED TRADE IN THEIR TEETH, DEMAND FOR THEIR MEAT, AND HABITAT LOSS













According to a report dubbed ‘Fighting the Underground Trade in Hippo Teeth’ released by National Geographic in December last year, poaching cartels operating in Tanzania and elsewhere in Africa have recently turned to hippos for their teeth which are carved into ornaments fetching millions of dollars in Asia.

In Tanzania, the last national census specifically for hippos was conducted in 2001 and the total count put the countrywide population at 20,079.

Responding to questions from The Guardian, the director of wildlife in the Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism, Prof Alexander Songorwa, confirmed that a new hippo count is on the cards to ascertain the current situation on the ground.

“Currently the ministry is soliciting funds to conduct the hippo survey using the appropriate methods for an accurate count,” Songorwa said.

He explained that although Tanzania has a licensing system allowing hippo sport hunting and the sale of teeth collected from those that die natural death, the formal issuance of permits for export of hippo teeth has been suspended since 2004.

This means no hippo teeth can be exported legally except those obtained through sport hunting, according to Prof Songorwa.

He said with the existing regulatory mechanisms and intensified government anti-poaching efforts, the official belief is that the country’s present hippopotamus population is not threatened by existing levels of legal harvest or illicit trade.

But he also noted that “game-controlled areas and all other (open) areas are experiencing habitat loss and fragmentation as a result of increasing human activities which are not compatible with wildlife conservation.”

He cited some of these activities as agriculture, livestock grazing, logging and lumbering, and settlements.

Records of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) show that between 2004 and 2014, Hong Kong reported importing almost 60 tons of teeth from wild hippos in Africa for commercial purposes.

Trade figures show that the source countries are now predominantly Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe, and Malawi.

Found predominantly in sub-Saharan Africa, the mostly herbivorous and semi-aquatic hippopotamus is the third-largest type of land mammal, after the elephant and rhinoceros.

It is reputed to be Africa’s most dangerous animal - more dangerous than lions, elephants, and even the Cape buffalo.

It is not known how many of the species which are known for their penchant for wallowing in mud and shallow waters are left across the continent. But during the past few decades they have become increasingly threatened by hunting.

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), which also monitors wildlife, classifies hippos as vulnerable because threats of illegal, unregulated trade in their teeth, demand for their meat, and habitat loss are likely to continue.

In its last published assessment of hippos back in 2008, the IUCN estimated their continent-wide numbers to be between 125,000 and 148,000. Since then, thousands have been legally and illegally killed for the domestic and international trades.

There are also calls for more scrutiny of Africa’s legal hippo teeth trade and its toll on the species.hapa

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