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How Female Conservators at Arusha National Park Impressed the New WWF Director General

Women taking up leading and active roles in Wildlife and Environment Conservation sectors in Tanzania is clearly impressing the new WWF International Director General, currently visiting the country.

“I am both surprised and impressed to find women in Tanzania taking up the rather challenging and difficult tasks involved in the protection of the environment,” stated Dr Kirsten Schuijt.

She is the new Director General of the Worldwide Fund for Nature who granted Tanzania the privilege of her first working tour in February 2023.

Elsewhere in the world, the conservation sectors are considered to be fields for men. In Tanzania, women seem to be not defying the odds, but essentially doing even better in accomplishing the task.

The WWF is on the other hand, promising to work closely with the Arusha National Park in addressing emerging challenges including cases arising from Human and Wildlife encounters as well as invasive species.

The WWF International Director General, Dr Kirsten Schuijt points out here that her organization’s continued to support to Tanzania’s conservation efforts goes in sync with advocating for community development.

Dr Schuijt who toured the Arusha National Park, was also impressed by the ANAPA management of the conservancy despite the fact that the reserve happens to be an island in the middle of a vast sea of human settlements and activities.

“The Arusha National Park is the highlight of our visit in Tanzania,” the WWF International Director stated, shortly after her game drive.

“Just as we support conservation efforts, the WWF also works closely with the local community to ensure a participatory approach in environment protection,” she added.

Averting Human and Wildlife Conflicts, addressing effects of Global Warming and Climate Change are some of the issues that the WWF addresses in many of the organization’s projects being executed in Tanzania.

On her part the Tanzania National Park (TANAPA)’s Assistant Commissioner of Conservation, Yustina Kiwango who is the commander of the Arusha National Park said there are initiatives being taken to ensure that the Park does not remain isolated.

“We have started to take efforts in ensuring the formerly defunct wildlife corridors and dispersal areas get restored for healthy survival of wildlife species,” she explained, pointing out that the National Park directly borders villages as well as modern human activities.

Measuring 137 square kilometers, Arusha National Park may be small but it features practically all types of fauna and flora, including dense forests, grass plains, extensive savannah, a mountain, a crater as well as lakes, in addition to most wildlife species.

Country Director of World Wide Fund for Nature in Tanzania Dr Amani Ngusaru said the new WWF International Director General, Dr Schuijt previously held talks with both the Vice President, Dr Philip Mpango as well as the Minister of State in the President’s Office, in-charge of Regional Administration and Local Government, Suleiman Jafo.

WWF is the world’s largest conservation organization, with over five million supporters worldwide, working in more than 100 countries and supporting around 3,000 conservation and environmental projects, with Tanzania being among the countries benefiting from the programs.

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