Blood samples have been sent to the Tanzania Veterinary Laboratory Agency (TVLA) for investigation after at least 8 elephants are reported dead and the cause of their death remains unknown, Tanzanian Wildlife confirmed mid this week
Nonetheless, the authorities have cited bleeding through the trunk as an outstanding characteristic of the unknown disease.
Mr. Joseph Meng’oro, the Ngorongoro District Council, Deputy wildlife officer said the affected animals were not in any of the famous tourist attractions Ngorongoro Conservation, Lake Manyara National Park or the Serengeti National Park, they were rather found in open spaces of Loliondo and Makuyuni districts.
‘The incidents of the affected elephants all occurred outside our protected reserves and parks…but investigations are well underway to determine the cause of the disease,’ the Tanzania Wildlife Research Institute (TAWIRI) reported.
Zimbabwe Holding 7 Chinese Over 20kg Rhino Horns
Meanwhile in neighbouring Zimbabwe, 7 Chinese nationals are behind bars after a tip off led police to their residence where they found the suspects in possession of the national trophies valued about $1 million.
The suspects are all Chinese nationals listed as Qui Jinchang (29) Zeng Dengui (35), Yu Xian and Yong Zhu (25), Chen Zhiangfu (30), Peicon Jang (35) and Liu Cheng (23).
It is reported that the incident occurred on 23 December when the premises occupied by the suspects was searched. Authorities found the rhino horn in a plastic bag a cardboard box and more stashed inside a mattress. The total weight of the horns was reported at 20,98kg valued at USD 938 700.
Tanzania has over the recent years made remarkable progress in the control and curb of poaching.
Thanks to special intelligent units, major poaching rings have been broken and their leaders brought to justice.
As a result of these efforts, elephant numbers are again on the rise and the future is much brighter for the jumbos, the world’s largest mammal.
Anti-poaching efforts in the country are led by the Victoria Falls Anti-Poaching Unit which raised USD 30,000 in September last year at the annual fundraising golf tournament.
The Victoria Falls Anti-Poaching Unit (VFAPU) Golf Day