MOSHI, TANZANIA, Tanzania's black rhinos, gorillas and wild dogs are in danger of extinction, warns the Tanzania National Park (TANAPA) service acting acting Director-General, Mtango Mtahiko.
He cited human activities and effects of climate change as among the factors forcing the animals to move to places where they die because of a lack of their basic needs.
Speaking at a three-day workshop for Kilimanjaro Region (province) journalists in this regional capital Monday, Mtahiko said the wild animals' survivals depended on national parks but climate change which harm humans affect the wild animals as well.
He encouraged people to conserve the environment and save the animals lest the country loses its wild heritage. Mtahiko also cautioned that natural vegetation was difficult to restore once destroyed.
Stressing the importance of environmental conversation for agriculture, water availability and tourism, as well as ensuring regular rainfall, he said it was against such a background that Tanzania allocated space for national parks and reserved lands.
The government has allocated 28 per cent of the country's land area for national reserves; at the time of independence, there was only one national park in the country, Serengeti, but today there are 16. We also have game reserves that are not under TANAPA. We should always protect all these resources, said Mtahiko.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK