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More Rangers to Masai Mara

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Very interesting article. I was completely unaware that wildebeest numbers might be affected significantly by poaching. It would have been helpful if the source of the 'statistics' could have been provided.

 

Nevertheless the increased number of rangers should benefit all wildlife

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if the majority of poachers come indeed from Tanzania, it makes you wonder why they do not kill the animals in their own country, sounds a bit strange to include an illegal border crossing to your already illegal poaching activities

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The above article is also posted on the the Mara Triangle's (Conservancy's) website so I assume that there is some truth to it. More rangers will be a good thing provided that they receive additional training and oversight, (i.e., prevent opportunities and tolereance of bribes).

 

The Conservancy posts a monthly report with detailed updates on poaching activity in the Triangle section of the Mara. These reports indicate that poachers do freely cross the border into each other's country. There seems to be a good level of cooperation between Conservancy rangers and TANPA rangers, (commonly referred to as our Tanzanian colleagues"), with joint operations, ambushes of poachers or communication of poachers crossing the boarder.

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this is desireable but they have to be used well as mentioned above

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Imagine how much difference they would make if the new rangers (unlike the existing ones) did not continue to turn a blind eye to rampant illegal grazing at night within the Maasai Mara National Reserve!

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@@ice The border is prrety porous there and people don't strictly pay much attention to it - or even know where it is off the roads. However, the protected area on the Tanzanian side appears to be better policed and as it's less busy and a national park (so no grazing permitted at all, certainly no residents, as in places like Mara North, and very few roads that anytone but tourists would have any business using) incursions by poachers may be more obvious and more often detected

 

No doubt there may be other credible factors too (there is less community benefit from the migration for Tanzanians and of course good old "don't shit where you sleep", for example), so although I never wholly believe it, I think there is a logic to it.

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