There is nothing that deflates Selous rangers’ and village game scouts’ morale more than seeing poachers back in the reserve again a few days after they have been arrested. We need to work closely with the Tanzanian judiciary to make sure that poachers are successfully charged and prosecuted to increase the risk and perceived risk of this activity.
Protected areas need partnerships to be successful and sustainable. There are many organizations that impact the Selous. Strong partnerships and communication between stakeholders increases their impact. This includes collaboration at different levels, from local to regional and national, and from the private sector to the government and nonprofits. WWF is partnering with the Tanzanian Wildlife Authority, the Selous Management, and other NGOs like the Frankfurt Zoological Society.
WWF wants to see a world free from poaching. We believe it is not only necessary for key wildlife areas like the Selous Game Reserve, but possible through our six-pillar approach. Despite the loss of wildlife through poaching, habitat remains in Selous for the population of elephants to return in large numbers. If managed correctly Selous could also have globally significant populations of rhinos, lions, African wild dogs, hippos, and Nile crocodiles. This means Selous has the potential to become a leading global wildlife attraction bringing tourism, revenue, and jobs for local communities and Tanzania.