Every year FCF takes the time to recognize its team of private rangers for their courageous work in the field. Below is a listing of the 2010 award recipients – congratulations to all!
2010 Award Recipients:
Commander of the Year – Lazaro Songori (Maswa)
Driver of the Year – Supphian Kisseto (Sables)
Ranger of the Year – Leonard Kileo (Maswa)
Fitness Award – Ezekiel Loserian (Fish Eagle), Seme Masanja (Uvinza), Sobi Charles (Sables), Leonard Kileo (Maswa)
HM Commander (x2) – Philip Maganga (Natron), Juma Kuyela (Kizigo East)
HM Driver – Peter Runda (Natron)
HM Ranger – Julius Buhimila (Samase), Seme Masanja (Uvinza), Maulid Kiyungi (Maswa)
Due to several FCF rangers being stationed in the field over the holidays, there are a few field reports that have not yet been submitted. Based on the information currently available, the following is a list of the arrest and confiscation tallies for 2010. These tallies should slightly increase once all field reports are received.
|2010 FCF ARRESTS|
|POACHER||– UGALLA||MOYO GR||UVINZA||KIZIGO||MASWA||MONDULI||NATRON||TOTALS|
|2010 CONFISCATED PARAPHERNALIA|
On 1 February 2010, the FCF anti-poaching division welcomed Mr. Ruben de Kock and Mr. Theo Landman of the African Field Ranger Training Services (AFRTS) to our Lake Natron concession. Ruben and Theo were called upon to put our anti-poaching field staff through a rigorous selection course and evaluation, followed by a basic field training course. Of the 76 rangers who were put thru their paces (4 additional rangers were excused due to injury/illness) just twenty men passed the selection stage. While this may appear to be a high attrition rate, we view it as an indication of the overall quality of our ranger corps. It is our sincere hope that these 20 men will be the foundation upon which we build the anti-poaching program in the years to come.
An additional 40 rangers were invited back (on probation) to attend the training course, which covered topics such as the role of the field ranger, patrol techniques, observation points, listening points, distance sighting, orders, patrol planning, aspects of Tanzanian wildlife law, arrest procedures, self-defense and minimum force techniques. In the near future we will conduct another selection course and evaluation in order to build our numbers back to the desired eighty personnel.
We at FCF would like to thank Ruben and Theo and the AFRTS for helping us establish a new ethos and standard by which our anti-poaching field staff will be measured by. It is our expectation that this will in turn result in a higher level of efficacy in our fight against poaching in Tanzania.
FCF patrol commanders attended a 2-day (14 hour) first aid training course conducted by Samantha Roberts on the 15th and 16th of February. Areas that were covered include:
- Artificial respiration
- Cardiac resuscitation
- Wound management
- Bandaging, splinting and immobilization techniques
- Heat related illnesses
- Snake bites
Instructor Sam Roberts said that she “found the commanders as a whole to be calm and well organized with all aspects of the training”. Due to the potentially dangerous nature of anti-poaching work, training such as this will prove invaluable and could realistically save a life.
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Conservation Fund brings water to those in need
By a correspondent of Arusha Times
The Arusha-based Friedkin Conservation Fund (FCF) is once again channelling much needed community development funding into priority areas in Tanzania – this time by way of a long term borehole drilling initiative throughout the country.
Working in close association with Maji-Tech Engineering Ltd, FCF decided that Longido Secondary School should be the first recipient of a borehole as part of this plan.
FCF has a close association with the school since the mid-nineties and as with many towns throughout Tanzania; Longido has been suffering from a severe water shortage over the last few years.
The school was in dire straights prior to the arrival of the long rains at the beginning of this year and was relying on weekly deliveries of water by FCF from Arusha by way of a bowser.
FCF immediately set about contacting prospective donors and in no time had collected sufficient funds for this vitally important project to go ahead.
The generous list of donors was comprised of a number of families including the Sackman’s, Bowman’s and Holland’s from the United States and the Lemman’s from Brazil/Switzerland, in addition to organisations such as the New York/Tri-State chapter of the Safari Club Sables and a consortium of dealers from the Gulf States Toyota in the United States.
After the successful completion of the borehole at Longido Secondary School, FCF shifted its attention to Kigoma District in the south-western corner of Tanzania and to Mpeta Village.
A client of Tanzania Game Tracker Safaris (TGTS), whom FCF represents along with Wengert Windrose Safaris (WWS) in all areas of community conservation and anti-poaching, signalled his attentions to fund the drilling of a borehole close to the TGTS hunting block of Uvinza Open Area.
This time, FCF employed the services of the Tanganyika Christian Refugee Services, Water Development Unit (WDU), based out of Kikondo town.
FCF and WDU were able to plan and implement the project over a matter of weeks in time to coincide with the arrival of the donors from the United States, Paul Hobby and his family.
The Hobby’s were able to witness the latter stages of the drilling of another successful borehole by FCF.
With the recent acquisition of a fully equipped borehole drilling rig from India by TGTS, FCF is in a strong position to continue to provide boreholes to areas in need through generous contributions of clients and associates of TGTS and WWS.
The Friedkin Conservation Fund (FCF) is a registered (US and Tanzanian) non-profit, non-governmental 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 9 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. Based out of Arusha, northern Tanzania, we operate in five Game Reserves, two Open Areas, three Forest Reserves and one Game Controlled Area.