In 2009, the Kwakuchinja corridor, connecting Lake Manyara and Tarangire National Parks, was declared extinct in a study conducted by the Tanzania Wildlife Research Institute (TAWIRI). Similarly, the Burunge WMA was depleted of wildlife. However, our active efforts to patrol the corridor, in collaboration with the Tanzanian government for the past 12 years, have resulted in the corridor once again being inhabited by wildlife. Thousands of wild animals including elephants, buffaloes, lions and giraffes are now migrating freely from one national park to another through the corridor. Our ultimate goal is to fully rehabilitate and conserve the Kwakuchinja Corridor, ensuring the preservation of the link between the two national parks and protecting the ecosystem.
Despite this success, illegal activities continue to be a major threat to the Kwakuchinja corridor: wildlife poaching, logging for charcoal, overgrazing, and roadkill threaten the ecology of the corridor. Working with the local national park authorities, our long-term conservation objective is to strengthen the Kwakuchinja corridor and ensure this essential migratory route remains open for wildlife in the region.
Recognising the need to conserve and protect natural resources, the CCA provides financial support to the anti-poaching patrol team of 38 male and female rangers. Through the SMART data collection system, our patrol team records accurate and reliable data of all movements and incidents to crack down on illegal activities in the Kwakuchinja corridor. The SMART data collection system helps in analysing both data and maps, and simplifies the process of monitoring the joint patrol team. The system is efficient in recording incidents, which has led to effective recording and logging of illegal activities.
To safeguard the Tarangire-Manyara ecosystem, we support a joint anti-poaching team of 38 male and female rangers and set up mobile anti-poaching camps that move through the concession area on foot and by vehicle to ensure effective patrols and protection of wildlife. The patrols are coordinated in conjunction with Tanzania National Parks (TANAPA), Tanzania Wildlife Management Authority (TAWA), Wildlife Division, Police Forces and BWMA law enforcement officers. Through the SMART data collection system, our patrol team records accurate and reliable data of wildlife movements and incidents to crack down on illegal activities in the Kwakuchinja corridor with the aim of strengthening the operationalization of the corridor. The SMART data collection system enables analyzing both data and maps, and simplifies the process of monitoring the joint patrol team. The system is efficient in recording incidents, and has led to effective capturing and tracking of illegal activities.The successes of the conservation activities of CCA have increased the number of wildlife in the area.