Tanzania: Roadkill Rates Alarming As 380 Lions Perish

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THE public has been urged to join up forces to curb road carnage in lions, as alarming figures of wildlife road deaths emerge.

In just 58 kilometres of 47 transects of Tarangire Manyara Ecosystem (TME) in the northern part of the country, a record 380 lions were killed by vehicles plying in the area last year alone.

The Director of Centre for Wildlife Management Studies, Dr Bernard Kissui unveiled the figures at Burunge Wildlife Management Area (WMA) on Thursday, saying the road kills have a lot of impact in the wildlife as it means that on average each day a lion is killed.

"Road kills of animal counts are at an alarming rate; just last year (2019) 380 lions were killed by vehicles as per our data. The bloody spot is at Kwakuchinja. This has to be stopped by joining forces among stakeholders," said Dr Kissui who is a specialist in research on lions.

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He noted that there is a huge problem that must be addressed by both the government and private sector, and proposed that in the wildlife corridors be constructed flyovers or underpass so as to get rid of the souring killings.

Dr Kissui was also of the opinion that some speed humps and cameras should be fitted on the areas so as to record the incidents and authorities take necessary actions, put warning sign posts, on the areas and warned that the situation is a multisectoral issue.

In a field visit by journalists from the Journalists' Environmental Association of Tanzania (JET) that was supported by the United State Agency for International Development (USAID), Dr Kissui said that other species that are in danger and are being killed are aves and reptilia.

He said that some of the causes are attributed to high speed and carelessness of drivers, animals' attitude in moving around especially at night, adding that most lions are killed during rainy seasons. He said that elephants are also killed in their corridors

The field visit was preceded by three-day training to 30 journalists across the country on biodiversity conservation reporting. The training built their capacity to communicate biodiversity conservation messages and raise awareness and passion for reporting conservation issues.

USAID and JET support journalists by providing a five-month mentorship programme, field visits and story grants. The project was a success; it helped create awareness not only on conservation matters but further on tourism.

The Burunge WMA is located in Tanzania's wildlife-rich northern tourist circuit and is close to both Tarangire and Manyara National Parks. It is roughly 18 kilometres from the main gate of Tarangire National Park, 20 kilometres from Majimoto and Tarangire airstrips and less than 10 kilometres from the southern boundary of the Lake Manyara National Park. The WMA is bisected by the Arusha-Babati-Singida-Dodoma Highway.

It occupies the land and the migratory corridors between Tarangire, Lake Manyara, and the adjacent Manyara ranch, making it an area of high conservation significance.

The area is widely known for its large buffalo population that moves in and out of Tarangire. The presence of Lake Burunge in the WMA attracts the migration of water birds such as greater and lesser flamingos and a range of ducks and shore birds.

 

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That's disturbing.

But also...
"He said that elephants are also killed in their corridors"

Who the hell drives away from that?! That guy should be easy to catch. Look for the guy walking down the road carrying a steering wheel!
 

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Zambians have started going to collect and drive their own cars from the port in Dar-es-Salaaam to Zambia because videos have been posted of the Tanzanian drivers( who are hired to deliver cars) being reckless ,like clearing the whole speedo. Flat out 220-250 km's per hour with phone in hand filming himself, the speedo, the surrounding area. It is a well known fact ....they are wreckless.
 

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The photo shown is from a totally different news story.
( This photo has been the screen saver on my wife's computer for quite a while now )
Which shows a Lion pride sunning and warming their selfs mid morning on a paved road in a National park. I can't remember where at the moment

IT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THIS STORY,
Just an observation,
No blood or guts on the road any where in the photo.
 

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This story is completely bogus. There is not even a major highway running through Tarangire.

A 2013 study showed 155 lions in the park. How do you get 380 lions dying in a 58 kilometre stretch of the park in one year.


It is good to always question news articles coming out of Africa.

Hard to believe but African journalists tend to make American journalists look good.:oops:
 

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At a party I attended last year, a snowflake asked me about hunting lions. Rhetorically. She said, "why can't we just leave them alone?"........and this is why. Man has a huge impact on everything on the planet. Perhaps he should manage that impact. Hunting is part of it. 380 X $10K=...............a bunch....................FWB
 

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This story is completely bogus. There is not even a major highway running through Tarangire.

A 2013 study showed 155 lions in the park. How do you get 380 lions dying in a 58 kilometre stretch of the park in one year.


It is good to always question news articles coming out of Africa.

Hard to believe but African journalists tend to make American journalists look good.:oops:

Thanks for providing the clarity sir!
 

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Thanks, Caustin..................any idea what the author's were trying to accomplish?
Making American journalists look good is quite a challenge.....FWB
 

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Thanks, Caustin..................any idea what the author's were trying to accomplish?
Making American journalists look good is quite a challenge.....FWB

Who knows! Mabe it was all tongue in cheek!
 

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I will bet that the article was written, so that the Tanzania government would be able to solicit and receive International monies to go into their foreign bank accounts.
Oh I ment to say: to help them stop the
elimination and destruction of an other endangered iconic African Animal by fill in the blank ____________
 

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I will bet that the article was written, so that the Tanzania government would be able to solicit and receive International monies to go into their foreign bank accounts.
Oh I ment to say: to help them stop the
elimination and destruction of an other endangered iconic African Animal by fill in the blank ____________

Sorry to detour but is that a m3 half track in your avatar...and is it yours?....if so neat :A Thumbs Up: :D Beers:
 

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Spike,
I do not own one yet, but my goal is to have one before I die, to match the white M3A1 scout car I am working on. I am very surprised that you would know what an m3 half track is (y)(y)(y)(y) that is AWESOME.
 

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Spike,
I do not own one yet, but my goal is to have one before I die, to match the white M3A1 scout car I am working on.

Great...got friends with all sorts of military vehicles back where I come from...good luck in sorting it (y)....could do with one for in the rains to scare the shit out of poachers :Vamp:
 

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Wow! If there’s that much dangerous game crossing that highway I would not want to be driving alone and unarmed at night and break down and have to walk.
 

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Wow! If there’s that much dangerous game crossing that highway I would not want to be driving alone and unarmed at night and break down and have to walk.

Would have thought it's way more dangerous trying to walk down some roads in the usa at night if you broke down....
 

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In the figures there is no lion killed as erroneously reported earlier.!?!?

From " a record 380 lions were killed by vehicles plying in the area last year alone." to Zero road kill lions in less than 72 hours???
 

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The good Doctor just can't get his story straight quotes from his newest revised article.

He keeps coming back to lions being killed, and now Elephants. I will now quote from the new revised article:

"In the figures there is no Lion killed as erroneously reported earlier"

"adding that most lions are killed during rainy seasons. He said that elephants are also killed in their corridors"
Just an observation...........
 
 

 

 

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