September 2015 - Latest Conservation News
Elephants at our Sable Mountain waterhole - a great start to the week !
Having been some considerable time since we last witnessed consistent visits from our elephant families drinking at our water hole, at last they are back in force ! Mbasha, visiting the tree house on foot with some of our Sable Mountain guests, marvelled at the wonderful spectacle of more than 40 elephants drinking and frolicking at the Sable Mountain water hole. This is clear evidence of the strong and improved patrolling now being carried out by the Selous rangers in and around our area. Long may it continue !
Ivory smuggling accomplices arrested in Dar es Salaam
It’s good to see that the Tanzanian government is taking the plight of the country’s elephants seriously. “The Citizen” newspaper recently reported the arrests of soldiers who were responsible for the security screening process which allowed the 262 kilo ivory haul seized in Switzerland last month to leave Tanzania. The consignment left aboard a Swiss Air flight. CC TV showed which soldiers were on duty when the bags were let through unchecked. The government are investigating further.
The Dar es Salaam “Daily News”: “Three charged for organised crime & illegal possession of elephant tusks”
There has been a significant increase in reporting by the Tanzanian press regarding those apprehended for organised crime in elephant tusk poaching. The Daily News had the following report on 2nd September:
“Three people appeared before Kisutu Resident Magistrate's Court in Dar es Salaam charged for organised crime and being found with elephant tusks valued at 126m/-, property of the government, without any permit.
They are Suleiman Mohamed (36), a mobile phone repair, who resides in Zanzibar, Ahmed Msabaha (35), a businessman residing at Tandale in the City and Steven John (35), a businessman from Mbeya City.
The trio was not allowed to enter plea to the charges when they were brought before Senior Resident Magistrate Emilius Mchauru as the charges against them fall under Economic and Control Act.
Such cases are heard by lower courts after securing consent from the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP). Upon issuing such consent certificate, the accused persons will then be called upon to enter a plea to the charges before commencement of the hearing.
The prosecution informed the court that investigations into the matter are not complete. The case was adjourned to September 14, for mention and the accused persons were ordered to remain in remand.”