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Grumeti continues honoring Mwalimu Nyerere’s

Grumeti continues honoring Mwalimu Nyerere’s

“THE survival of our wildlife is a matter of grave concern to all of us in Africa.

These wild creatures, amid the wild places they inhabit, are not only important as a source of wonder and inspiration, but are an integral part of our natural resources and our future livelihood and well-being.’’

That was Mwalimu Julius Kambarage Nyerere’s stand when underscoring the importance of protecting and conserving wild animals in the Arusha Manifesto of 1961, when Tanzania was still a young nation.

Madaraka Nyerere, the son of Mwalimu Nyerere, recently said that the country should continue embracing wildlife conservation ideas initiated by his late father.

Madaraka told our reporter that he is always happy with the good job being done by the government in collaboration with conservation stakeholders in protecting and conserving the great Serengeti ecosystem and other conserved areas across the country.

“The stakeholders are indeed doing a great job for sustainable development of wildlife and tourism sectors.

They deserve to be congratulated,” he said “, said Madaraka who is leading the Global Resources Alliance Tanzania, an organization that gives priorities to environmental conservation matters, including planting trees.

One of the companies which has opted to take the words of the founding father seriously is the Grumeti Group of Companies, which continues to support and honor Mwalimu Neyerere by supporting wildlife conservation and local development in the Serengeti ecosystem.

For over 15 years, Grumeti Fund has made significant contribution to the sustainability of the Ikorongo Grumeti Game Reserve which borders the Serengeti National Park in Western Serengeti.

The game reserve and the neighbouring Ikona Wildlife Management Area (WMA) form an integral part of the Serengeti ecosystem, which is part of the annual migration of the wildebeest corridor.

The collaboration with Grumeti Fund and government partners TAWA (Tanzania Wildlife Management Authority), TANAPA (Tanzania National Parks) and TAWIRI (Tanzania Wildlife Research Institute) has fostered great conservation practices which can be seen with the increase in wildlife in these areas.

Besides investing heavily on conservation and tourism programmes, the Grumeti group of companies also supports community development in more than 20 rural villages with local communities who in the past relied on poaching as a source of livelihood.

With education and time, these same communities are slowly realizing the importance of wildlife conservation.

Mwalimu Nyerere would have been proud if he would have been alive today to see the continued support that Tanzania is getting from wildlife conservation partners.

“In accepting the trusteeship of our wildlife we solemnly declare that we will do everything in our power to make sure that our children’s grand-children will be able to enjoy this rich and precious inheritance.” Mwalimu Julius Kambarage Nyerere once said.

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