TANAPA and Mkomazi National Park
We have been offered a second-hand bulldozer from a colleague (Kim Axmann) who is considering establishing a small tented tourist camp in Mkomazi close to Dindira Dam. He is a farmer in Tanzania and the offer is to bring the bulldozer to Mkomazi where it will be shared between us, but under the control of the GAWPT workshop. The funds for the bulldozer and a ten-ton tipping trailer have been very kindly donated by our long-standing and loyal supporters, Tusk Trust and Chester Zoo. These are both excellent pieces of machinery to use for the infrastructural development of the rhino sanctuary, the national park and these new water sources needed for elephant and other wildlife.
TANAPA also lent us a bulldozer from another park to construct a small water pan at our base-camp and they have sent in their mechanic to help solve some of our mechanical issues.
We received visits from senior TANAPA management including Martin Loiboiki, the Director of Conservation; Chief Mafuru who handles all rhino matters; Mr Lejora, the Chief Ecologist; the Director of Tourism; and the TANAPA vets, Dr Idrissa Chuma and Dr Emmanuel Macha.
The Prime Minister of Tanzania, Hon. Mizengo Kayanza Peter Pinda sent a letter of appreciation to the trust for all the work that has been undertaken in Mkomazi and in it he commented on our good relationship with TANAPA.
Mkomazi National Park is a huge investment for TANAPA and it backs up the investment of the trust. The weekly meetings with the Chief Park Warden, Donat Mnyagatwa, and Warden Emmanuel Sisya, are always productive, amicable and jolly occasions. Meetings in Arusha with the TANAPA Director General, Allan Kijazi, are really encouraging and the fast turn around in communications ensures that issues get resolved and decisions get made almost immediately. Our new Memorandum of Understanding has now been signed with TANAPA, a process summed up in the words of our Chief Park Warden – We Are Together!