DAR ES SALAAM, (Xinhua) --
The population of endangered rhinos in northern
Tanzania’s Ngorongoro Conservation Area (NCA), a UNESCO World
Heritage Site, has risen from 25 in 1977 to more than 50 in
2018, the NCA Chief Conservator Freddy Manongi said on Thursday.
Most of the rhinos
were under 24-hour camera surveillance within the crater, an
iconic site and a leading tourist destination in the East
African country, Manongi told a news conference.
Manongi said the
numbers of the highly endangered rhinos has increased due to
reproduction and enhanced anti-poaching efforts.
“One of the rhinos
under protection, named Fausta, is believed to be one of the
oldest in the world. It is aged 54 years and has been put on a
special care,” said the conservator.
crater, an amphitheater-like caldera, is currently home to
rhinos re-introduced some years ago.
that the famous crater had a total of 108 rhinos in 1968, a
figure that dropped sharply to 25 in 1977.
the rhinos specifically in the crater began in the 1990s through
the support of the international conservation bodies.
arrest 13 over poisoning lions
ARUSHA, Tanzania, (Xinhua) --
Tanzanian police on Thursday said they had
arrested 13 people in connection with the killing of nine lions
by poisoning earlier this month near the Serengeti National
Juma Ndaki, Mara
Regional Police Commander, said investigations by the law
enforcers showed that the suspects set up a trap using poisoned
cow carcass on the lions’ crossing path.
preliminary investigations showed that the suspects conspired to
kill the lions after being angered by the regular encroachment
of the game animals into their farms.
Ndaki revealed that
two suspects have already been taken to court to face charges
while 11 others will be arraigned on later dates upon the
completion of investigations.
national park and its nearby game reserves is home to lions and
other wildlife species that attract hundreds of thousands of
tourists annually, bringing millions of shillings in revenues.