Below is a press release from the Dallas Safari Club in regards to their continued financial support of FCF’s student scholarship program. We thank them for their commitment and value them as a dedicated supporter of worldwide conservation! Asante sana!
DALLAS (July 6, 2011)—Poaching, habitat loss and the complexities of managing Earth’s most diverse collection of game species—all on a continent stressed by civil war, humanitarian crises and corruption—are among the issues awaiting a new generation of wildlife officers in Africa.
An ambitious new class of future wildlife officers now receiving formal education in Tanzania includes four students sponsored by Dallas Safari Club (DSC).
“Our club is very proud to help shape the future of conservation in Africa,” said DSC Executive Director Ben Carter. “There are many challenges but I’m confident that with enough education and appreciation of the benefits that hunting brings to Africa, the challenges can be conquered.”
DSC is partnering with the Friedkin Conservation Fund to help fund the students’ education.
All four students are products of the College of African Wildlife Management, Mweka, in Moshi, Tanzania. Coursework includes wildlife law enforcement and legislation, wildlife policies and strategies, principles and techniques of wildlife management, ornithology, mammalogy, herpetology, archeology, animal physiology, vertebrate anatomy, community conservation of wildlife, tourism management, wildlife resource economics, wildlife population ecology, wildlife nutrition and more.
The DSC-sponsored students include Jacquelin Jordan, Julius Makarot, Veronica Mollel and Frank Riziki.
In a letter, Makarot expressed what scholarships mean to him, his people and the wild resources of his country: “I have been facing a lot of financial difficulties within my studies but I have come to realize that Dallas Safari Club and Friedkin Conservation Fund will bring a lot of changes and solutions through financial aid for my future career. Wildlife management is the course I loved since I was young and through your support my dreams are being fulfilled. The knowledge I am getting will help my Maasai community and Tanzania to be able to take care of the wildlife for future generations. Also, my education will help young Maasai men to have desire to continue with their studies as I will be a role model for them. They will learn the importance of education. This will all bring a big change among Massai towards development of conservation.”
About Dallas Safari Club (DSC)
Desert bighorns on an unbroken landscape, stalking Cape buffalo in heavy brush, students discovering conservation. DSC works to guarantee a future for all these and much more. An independent nonprofit organization since 1982, DSC has become an international leader in conserving wildlife and wilderness lands, educating youth and the general public, and promoting and protecting the rights and interests of hunters worldwide. Get involved at http://www.biggame.org.
About Friedkin Conservation Fund (FCF)
The Friedkin Conservation Fund (FCF) is a registered (U.S. and Tanzanian) nonprofit, nongovernmental organization incorporated in 1994 (Certificate of Registration SO.NO.9807). Our role is to assist the Tanzanian government with the conservation and preservation of more than 6.1 million acres of Tanzania’s protected areas. We achieve this through our internationally recognized anti-poaching initiative, our innovative community development program and our field research projects.
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Poaching remains one of the greatest threats to conservation in Africa. Combating poaching has therefore become a national and international priority. Field rangers (also known as game scouts or game guards) are the front line staff in the anti-poaching efforts. The field rangers are working to protect conservation areas according to established national and international law in the struggle to eliminate poaching.
A well-trained field ranger force is also one of the most effective strategies for ensuring that the integrity of any conservation area is maintained. African Field Ranger Training Services (AFRTS) was established in 2000 in South Africa to meet the growing demand for well-trained field rangers in conservation areas throughout Africa. The training program offered by AFRTS instills an understanding of basic ecological concepts, introduces techniques for involving communities in conservation, and provides instruction in practical methods of combating poaching and understanding applicable laws relative to the country they are working within.
FCF’s private anti-poaching rangers just completed a two-week comprehensive training program with AFRTS. Below are some images from the recent program.
In addition to the ranger leadership training with AFRTS, FCF’s rangers also recently underwent a three-day first aid course with in-house nurse Sam Roberts. Below are several images taken during this first aid course.
Since the beginning of the 2011 academic school year in January, FCF has been improving its system of sponsoring higher-education level (university) students from the villages in FCF project areas. FCF is currently implementing a more rigorous screening and selection process that will be focused on identifying and enrolling students with an exceptional aptitude and motivation to succeed within the wildlife and conservation arena. By streamlining processes and monitoring abilities, FCF will be able to increase the efficiencies of this program and be better equipped to keep its gracious donors updated on the progress of the students. As always, students demonstrating a major financial need will continue to be FCF’s target.
FCF is also developing a new program to send select students to private boarding schools (middle and high school) which have advanced facilities and high quality teachers to provide an exceptional education. This new program will require a higher level of financial commitment from donors, but will also have a much greater long term impact on the individual student’s life.
Maswa Game Reserve
In 2010, FCF completed the construction of a new classroom at a school near the Maswa Game Reserve (close to the Serengeti region). This school opened in March 2011.
This year, FCF started the construction of a medical dispensary in Buturi village. This medical dispensary will provide the only health service available to the population of the area.
The Friedkin Conservation Fund (FCF) is committed to conservation of the natural resources in and around Tanzania’s wildlife reserves and protected areas. Part of our mission is to promote environmental education that will support Tanzania’s natural resource management. We do this by supporting the education of future leaders and managers of Tanzania’s wildlife and natural resources.
In the last few years, FCF has expanded its student sponsorship program to support students in higher education for training in diploma and degree programs in wildlife management and conservation.
The extensive conservation areas of Tanzania cover a total of 242,000 square kilometers, or 28% of Tanzania’s total land area. Tanzania has incredibly vast natural resources and protected areas which require good control especially under pressure from increasing populations and growing demand for natural resources such as timber, game meat and ivory. There is a tremendous need to educate good leaders in the field of wildlife management and conservation who will play a critical role in determining the future of wildlife and conservation in Tanzania.
One of the colleges we send our students to is the College of African Wildlife Management in Mweka. Following the Arusha Manifesto in 1961, which emphasized the importance of Tanzania’s natural resources, the College of African Wildlife Management was established in 1963 as a pioneer institution for the training of African wildlife managers. Since this time, the College has been a leader in providing quality wildlife management training in Africa, and has trained over 4000 wildlife managers from 28 African countries and 23 non-African countries.
The sponsorship program has three components:
Identification of students with scholastic merit who demonstrate financial need;
Sponsorship of all school and individual expenses; and,
Follow-up and monitoring of each student’s progress to ensure a high success rate.
Before implementing a project, we carefully look at the impact at the grassroots level. The sponsorship will enable the students to continue their studies and to enter the field of wildlife management and conservation. It will be an investment in the future of conservation in Tanzania.
FCF would like to give a special thank you to the Dallas Safari Club for its continued support of this program.
Moyowosi Game Reserve, Makere North & South Forest Reserves and Uvinza Open Area
These protected areas are located in the northwest of the country, close to the border with Burundi. The habitat of these reserves varies from huge swamps to open flood plains, which adjoin large areas of Miombo forest. Game density in the Moyowosi is relatively high, with good populations of lion, leopard, buffalo, crocodile, topi and Lichtenstein hartebeest. Sitatunga are present in the Moyowosi Swamp, which is characterized by tall palm trees and islands formed by termite mounds. The swamp is an important wetland habitat for rare water birds including the wattled crane and the shoebill stork.
Traveling between the villages bordering these four protected areas can be a matter of days – even weeks – in the rainy season. The FCF Community Development Field Officer for this area does not let this deter him, traveling by bicycle if need be to reach the remotest of villages. FCF meets with Village Environmental Committees to discuss the importance of conservation. Through close communication and careful cooperation, FCF has implemented a series of successful conservation projects with the communities in this area. Examples of these are a village fish farming initiative in Kibondo, a women’s beekeeping cooperative in Kifura, natural spring reinforcement in Kasanda, and a secondary-school tree nursery to grow indigenous trees for reforestation in Makere.
Area-specific Project Replant Trees
Illegal charcoal production and poached timber are responsible for the deforestation of up to 1.7 million acres of Tanzania’s woodland every year. This destroys species diversity, degrades the soil and exacerbates poverty. FCF is working to replant tree seedlings to bring prosperity and fight soil degradation, erosion and loss of biodiversity. $50 will plant 50 seedlings.
The largest area FCF is responsible for, the combined area of the Moyowosi, Makere and Uvinza reserves is 3,023,000 acres. We have three rapid action teams and one village game scout team based here. Annually they, along with Government Game Scouts, arrest in the region of 1,000 poachers. Elephant poaching, illegal fishing, illegal entry of domestic livestock, timber poaching and bushmeat hunting are commonly encountered in these areas. One of FCF’s microlights is based in the area and has proven itself to be very effective in streamlining our anti-poaching efforts in a huge chunk of western Tanzania.
Area-specific Project: Shelter an Anti-poaching Team
The provision of adequate shelter for our rangers on the ground is a top priority when outfitting teams for the bush. $150 will pay for the purchase and shipping of one two-person tent and $450 will purchase and ship tents for a full anti-poaching unit.
The Moyowosi Game Reserve, Makere North & South Forest Reserves and Uvinza Open Area are part of a Ramsar Wetland of International Importance (the Malagarasi-Moyowosi Ramsar site). This is an important, vast and complex riverine floodplain wetland in northwest Tanzania, one of the largest and most important wetlands in East Africa. The basin has five main rivers: the Malagarasi, Moyowosi, Kigosi, Gombe, and Ugalla. The Moyowosi Game Reserve includes a permanent papyrus swamp, large peripheral floodplains that fluctuate widely on a yearly basis, and is surrounded by very extensive miombo woodlands and wooded grasslands including the Makere Forest Reserves and parts of Uvinza Open Area. The site is extremely important for large mammals, migratory and resident water birds, fish and plants. FCF propose regular sample surveys for large mammals and specific surveys for buffalo and other species in their program and are also working in collaboration with the Tanzania Mammal Atlas Project/WCS to conduct camera trapping surveys in the area.
Area-specific Project: Camera Trapping Survey
FCF and the Tanzania Mammal Atlas Project hope to conduct a number of camera trapping surveys in the Moyowosi swamps and surrounding areas to establish biodiversity inventories. The operational costs of each survey are approximately $6,000 per survey, and any contribution to these surveys would assist in continuing this program.