The Tanzanian government has ordered herders to remove their livestock from Tanzania’s national parks, where many had relocated to find feed during the drought.
Thousands of cattle, goats, and sheep have crossed into Tanzania from neighbouring Kenya and Uganda in recent months, according to government officials, who say the situation is straining Tanzania’s wildlife and affecting the tourism industry.
Samia Hassan Suluhu is the vice president of Tanzania. She said, “Livestock owners from outside Tanzania don’t want to destroy their [own] environment. So they bring their animals to feed in Tanzania.”
She added, “We would not want to see any livestock from either within or outside the country encroach [on] and tamper with our national park ecosystems.”
All herders—both foreign and Tanzanian—have until June 15 to remove their animals from protected areas.
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