Target: Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete and Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta
Goal: Increase anti-poaching measures to protect the elephants living in and around the Mara Serengeti region of southern Africa
A recent aerial report has shown a large number of elephant carcasses in the Mara-Serengeti ecosystem of south Africa. In total, 192 elephant carcasses were found, with 117 in Kenya and 75 in Tanzania. Most shockingly, of the elephant carcasses found in Kenya, 84 percent were located outside of the Masai Mara National Reserve and all of them had their tusks removed.
This alarming number of dead elephants found has caused much concern from the conservation fraternity in Kenya and Tanzania. They are now calling on the governments of the two countries to strengthen their elephant management strategies and to deploy technology in the fight against poaching. They also are calling for better management of elephants outside protected areas through strengthened community conservancies.
Other conservation organizations, such as the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), are also working with the Kenyan and Tanzanian governments to seek new solutions to the current poaching menace. Some methods being suggested by WWF are “acquiring anti-poaching equipment and technology, engaging communities and private sector in anti-poaching campaigns, carrying out elephant censuses, working with communities to reduce human wildlife conflict, securing elephant range outside protected areas, monitoring threats and developing national and sub-regional databases for use in managing elephant and rhino populations.”
The two governments are keen on working with these groups to find lasting solutions to the poaching epidemic of endangered species, which include not only the elephant but also the rhino. The Minister of Natural Resources and Tourism in Tanzania, Lazaro Nyalandu, called for the two countries to work together closely in order to combat poaching and illegal wildlife trade in the region.
By signing the petition below, you will be urging the Kenyan and Tanzanian governments to take immediate and drastic measures to ensure the survival of these amazing creatures.
Dear President Kikwete and President Kenyatta,
The recent aerial report showed a large number of elephant carcasses in the Mara-Serengeti ecosystem of south Africa, with a total of 192 elephant carcasses, 117 of which were found in Kenya and 75 in Tanzania. Most shockingly, of the elephant carcasses found in Kenya, 84 percent were located outside of the Masai Mara National Reserve and all of them had their tusks removed.
I know that you are acutely aware of the threat poaching has on these animals’ survival, and this recent incident shows that despite the measures already taken to protect these endangered creatures, there is still much more to be done. Poaching and illegal wildlife trade still have a major impact on these endangered species and must be responded to with swift and firm action. I urge you to focus your attention and resources on the despicable acts performed by poachers for the sake of the elephants and the Mara-Serengeti environment as a whole.
[Your Name Here]
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