Mozambique high court judge sentences 10 poachers to 16 years in jail each.
Mozambique high court judge sentences 10 poachers to 16 years in jail each. Africa has continually grappled with poaching as one of the major threats to conservation efforts in various parts of the continent. Due to illegal poaching activities in numerous tourist attraction cities such as wildlife national parks and reserve, Africa has continued to lose out its glory as a favourite continent for magical wildlife encounter given the diverse wildlife that exists on this continent.
In a bid to have this vice under control, African governments together with both local and international conservation agencies have been at the forefront of conservation efforts to see to it that these national park together with the wildlife biodiversity that exist therein remain safe since many African states such as Mozambique, Zambia, Namibia, Kenya, Tanzania, Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda only to name but a few have their economies heavily dependent on the foreign exchange garnered form their tourism sectors which mainly sell nature as their prime products.
How heavy a burden is poaching?
Let’s consider elephants. Elephants are some Africa’s highest poached animals and according to reports over 100000 elephants were killed between over a period of 3 years only between 2014- 2017. Countries that are heavily been affected by this vice include Tanzania, Mozambique, Zambia, Democratic Republic Congo and Angola have all registered a decline in their elephant population according to results released in 2016 after the 2014-2015 the Great Elephant Census which covered almost over 93% of all savanna elephants.
Why are these animals poached?
Elephants are some of the world’s highly poached wild animals given their highly precious ivory tusks that are on a high demand on the black market especially in Asia and Europe where these tusks are processed into ornaments and jewelry.
Poaching in Africa has also been fuelled by the existence of civil wars where rogue militias poach animals as a way of trying to rise money to fund their military campaigns.
Poached animals are also usually sold off to people who want to keep them as their pets though this really affects their lives in unimaginable ways since they are always contained in place and yet they need a lot of space to roam, fly or swing from branch to branch. The animals also feed on a specialized diet while in the wild which isn’t available to them in their captivity after being poached.
Poaching hasn’t only taken a toll to the wild mammals that are being poached but also on the park wardens who are charged with the duty to serve and protect these animals. Between 2006 and 2016 in a space of only 10 years, over 600 poachers paid the ultimate price in the fight against poaching as they were fatally shot and killed by poachers while on doing their job. Over the last 2o years, over 170 park rangers of Virunga National Park Congo have lost their lives to poachers while on duty and this makes Virunga National park one of the deadliest parks to be a park ranger in.
Where does the solution lie in all this?
Most governments have declined poaching a crime and poachers who are caught in this despicable act are heavily punished by law receiving long jail sentences. For example, in Mozambique, a high court has recently sentenced 10 poachers that were arrested in June 16 years each in jail together with a remittance of 5% off their minimum wages for the next 3 months after they have served their jail time.
Confiscation and destruction of poached items such as elephant tusks and rhino tusks. As of 2016, 263 tonnes of ivory have been destroyed by burning or crushing and Kenya is the leader in this act having set ablaze 11 stockpiles of ivory weighing a mind-blowing 105 tones. However, critics said that this shouldn’t have been done but rather the Kenyan government should have rather sold off this stockpile and use the money in promoting conservation efforts as well as in national development.
Would you like to see elephants in their natural habitat?
If you fancy an encounter with these might African beasts that are the largest land mammals then make an African wildlife safari to countries such as Uganda, Rwanda, Kenya Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe Botswana and Namibia and South Africa.
A Uganda wildlife safari inspired with memorable encounters with these land beasts takes you on a Uganda safari tour road adventure to several of our Uganda safari national parks that are renowned for their spectacular elephant populations and these include Kidepo Valley National Park, Murchison Falls National Park And Queen Elizabeth National Park. However on top of an encounter with the elephants during Uganda wildlife safaris to these national parks also expects to come across numerous other wild mammals such as cape buffaloes, giraffes, zebras and predators like lions leopards and hyenas. Uganda tours to queen Elizabeth national park and Murchison Falls are highly rated by Uganda safari-goers who visit these tour Uganda attractions because of the boat cruise opportunities that are present her either of these parks. During the Murchison falls boat cruise expect to the magnificent Murchison falls which are the strongest waterfalls.
In Kenya, an encounter with the elephants can be had when you make a Kenya wildlife safari to Kenya safari tour parks such as Masai Mara National Reserve, Nairobi National Park, Lake Nakuru National Park, Tsavo East National Park, Aberdares National Park and Amboseli National Park
In Tanzania, you can make a Tanzania wildlife safari to Lake Manyara National Park, Tarangire National Park, Ngorongoro Conservation Park and Serengeti National Park. However, what makes a Kenya tour to Masai mara national reserve and a Tanzania wildlife safari to Serengeti National Park a special Africa wildlife tour is the ability to give you an encounter with the annual migration of the wildebeest which over a million wildebeests together with other wild animals such as zebras embark on a journey of over hundreds of kilometres from the southern side of Serengeti all the way into Kenya’s Masai Mara and back to Serengeti.
What makes safari in Uganda more enticing to many Africa safaris tours makers is the possibility of enjoying an Africa gorilla safari adventure in Uganda since Uganda is home to these remarkable gentle giants. Many Africa Wildlife Safari goers who visit Uganda usually ensure to make to have a Uganda gorilla safari experience as they visit Mgahinga Gorilla National park or Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. A Uganda gorilla safari to any of these parks gives you an opportunity to meet any of the 19 gorilla families that have been habituated to give you nothing but the ultimate Uganda gorilla tours experience, you can ever think of.
However, Gorilla trekking isn’t only done in Uganda but also in Congo and Rwanda. A Rwanda gorilla safari takes you to Volcanoes National Park which is home to 10 gorilla families that have been habituated to give you a fantastic Rwanda gorilla tour experience. A Congo gorilla safari experience, on the other hand, takes you either Virunga National Park where you have a chance to encounter Mountain gorillas as this park is home to 8 gorilla families or Kahuzi Biega National Park where you will be in for a thrilling moment with the eastern lowland gorillas
At Wild Gorilla Safaris, we strive to meet all your Africa safari needs as we have got virtually the safari packages that will give you a memorable Africa safari experience. For anyone interested in Uganda wildlife safaris packages we have got you covered with a wide range of packages that are tailored basing on the number of days you have and the destination you would like to visit on your Uganda safari tour. If you’ve got only a few days, then choose from our short Uganda wildlife safaris which run from 2 days to 5 days such as 2 days Uganda wildlife safari to Murchison falls or 5 days Uganda wildlife safari with chimpanzees and many more. For those that have got more than 5 days, then I suggest pick from our compressive long Uganda wildlife safaris that run from 6 days to as many as 21 days such as
If you’re interested Uganda gorilla safaris these are available in both short Uganda gorilla safari packages such as 3 days gorilla tours in Bwindi and 4 days Bwindi gorilla tour and wildlife in Lake Mburo. There are also long Uganda gorilla tours that run from 6 days to as many as 18 days while featuring many other things along the way to the gorillas. After a magical gorilla tour in Uganda, you can always visit Lake Bunyonyi Uganda and enjoy the stunning views of this magical lake. A visit to Lake Bunyonyi gives you an opportunity to experience a boat ride on Africa’s second deepest lake.
Rwanda is also another gorilla destination you wouldn’t want to miss out on, hence if you are planning for a Rwanda gorilla safari package, check out some of our Rwanda gorilla tours packages which also come in form of short Rwanda gorilla gorilla safaris for those that have got only a few days in Rwanda but those that have got more days, then Long Rwanda gorilla trekking safari packages will do you good as they also give you a chance to visit other Rwanda safari attractions.
Congo as well is another gorilla destination and we have numerous Congo gorilla safari packages that will take you on a Congo gorilla tour adventure to either Virunga National Park for an encounter with mountain gorillas or Kahuzi Beiga National Park where you will encounter Eastern lowland gorillas. Besides gorilla safaris and wildlife encounters in Uganda, you can still explore Uganda’s diversity using any of our wide range of day trips that visit other sites that are near the capital city Kampala or Entebbe international airport such as a Mabamba birding day trip to Mabamba island Kampala city tour day tour Jinja day tour and 1 day Ngamba island chimpanzee safari. Check out our great east Africa safari to such as Kenya safari tours and Tanzania safari tour that take you on an Africa wildlife safari adventure to Kenya and Tanzania respectively.
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- 3 days Nyiragongo Mountain hiking safari in Congo
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