WILDLIFE PROJECTS, COMMUNITY PROJECTS BY THE CULLMAN AND HURT, ARUSHA, TANZANIA, EAST AFRICA.

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April 2000

CELEBRATING A DECADE OF COMMUNITY BASED WILDLIFE CONSERVATION

The Cullman and Hurt Community Wildlife Project has now been in action for ten years. Over the years the Project name has changed many times (Cullman Rewards Scheme to Cullman Wildlife Project to the current Cullman and Hurt Community Wildlife Project), but the focus of the Project has been the same. To provide villagers living around natural areas with returns from their wildlife as well as involve them in conservation activities.

In this time the 23 communities who work with the project have benefited directly from the wildlife in their areas. These communities receive funds, based on game hunted on lands around the communities, from clients hunting with Robin Hurt Safaris (Tz) Ltd. Over the last ten years the villagers have not only brought long lasting development to their communities, but also have participated in anti-poaching patrols to ensure that their valuable natural resources will continue to provide for them long into the future. Below is a list of community projects directly funded through proper wildlife utilisation under the Cullman and Hurt Community Wildlife Project:

  • Primary schools built and renovated 18
  • Secondary schools built and renovated 3
  • Teachers houses 11
  • Wells and water pumps 15
  • Dams built and renovated 7
  • Water pipelines 4
  • Dispensaries 6
  • District Hospitals renovated 1
  • Doctors housing 3
  • Maize mill and house 2
  • Maize donations in times of drought 136,500 pounds of maize
  • Basketball court 1
  • Police housing 1
  • X-ray machine 1
  • School supplies e.g. desks, books, cupboards, and office equipment.



10 YEARS OF COMMUNITY FUNDS EARNED DIRECTLY THROUGH COMMUNITY WILDLIFE CONSERVATION = $587,201

OVER 50,000 TANZANIANS BENEFITING IN 23 COMMUNITIES


OUTSIDE OF THE FUNDS RAISED FOR COMMUNITIES:

CHCWP, through fund raising and generous donations, has also managed to supply seven four wheel drive vehicles to various Districts, Game Reserves and National Parks to support anti-poaching work. These generous donors have also supported the management and implementation of the project's policies which include:

*Rewarding village scouts for apprehending poachers, destroying wire snares and confiscating illegal firearms.

*Supporting Project staff who carry out regular community meetings on wildlife issues, organise anti-poaching patrols as well as help the communities budget for their projects and accompany the 23 village committees to purchase and transport building materials.

ANTI-POACHING ACHIEVEMENTS

* 140 FIREARMS CONFISCATED
* 22,500 WIRE SNARES DESTROYED
* 112,500 ANIMALS POTENTIALLY SAVED (on the basis that one wire snare will strangle at least 5 animals before it loses its tensile strength)
* LONG LINE SNARING ALMOST ELIMINATED IN MASWA-MAKAO
* NOTICEABLE DECLINE IN POACHING IN ALL AREAS SINCE 1990
* OVER 415 COMMERCIAL POACHERS PROSECUTED


DID YOU SEE?

Safari Clubs International produced a page spread on their education program 'Operation Bright Light' which featured the new Orkeswa School. Joseph Laroya, the head teacher, is delighted, as are the children of Orkeswa. They are now searching for funds to plant 2,000 trees around the school area. We have chosen three tree species that are fast growing, shady, and most importantly are not favored by goats! The cost of these trees is approximately $375.

OUR NEW VEHICLE

We have been struggling with vehicles for some months now and have put the two Toyota Hiluxes up for sale, as they are no longer suitable for the hard toil of anti-poaching. Robin Hurt has saved the day by donating a Toyota Land Cruiser pick-up, from Robin Hurt Safaris, to the project. David will deliver our new vehicle to Vincent Boney, the new Project Field Officer in Rungwa Game Reserve next week.

A BIG THANKS TO

We would like to extend our thanks to all those people who have supported the project over the last ten years. Without your donations, encouragement, ideas, concern and interest we would not have been able to achieve what we have done. Thanks to Joseph Cullman 3rd , Fred and Ron Mannix, Herbert Allen, Dr Frank Petito, Mr and Mrs Long for the books, Woody Johnson, Hamish Wallace, John Glover, Eric Syz Family, Larry Atkinson, Ed Gott, Joe Bishop, Edgar Cullman, Bob and Wanda Bartleson, Keogh family, Pat Yoder, Paul Gould, The Coca Cola Company, John and Lynn Foster, Prince Rodrique D'arenberg, Christoph and Katrin Henkel, all the artists that have contributed to the art auctions, Holland and Holland, (to name but a few), and to all clients of Robin Hurt Safaris.

FUNDS AND THE FUTURE

We would like to continue in the way that we have done over the last ten years, supporting village communities with funds earned from their wildlife as well as involving them in every aspect of environmental conservation. Turning poachers into anti-poachers and educating people on the values of properly managed natural resources. In addition we have new ideas for the project such as starting game counts, vegetation surveys and general monitoring. We would also like to expand our environmental education programmes in primary and secondary schools.

Although we receive money every year for the village communities through Robin Hurt Safaris, we still rely on fund raising for our operational costs and the anti-poaching activities. This year we have not raised enough money to meet our projected budget and have had to reduce our field operations significantly.

If you would like to help support this worthwhile and successful project, all donations can be made through the Game Conservancy USA and qualify for tax rebate under Game Conservancy's 501C USA tax status. Payments can be paid in any of the following ways:

Cheque made out to Game Conservancy USA (earmarked for the Cullman & Hurt Community Wildlife Project) sent to Palm Beach National Bank and Trust Company, 125 Worth Avenue, Suite 100, Palm Beach, Florida 334880. Tel: 561 627 1776, Fax: 561 833 0943

Wire Transfer

Wire to: Palm Beach National Bank and Trust Company, Palm Beach, Florida 33480 ABA # 067008647. Credit to: Game Conservancy USA Inc. Cullman Money Market Account. Account # 110094977. Attn. Dorothy E, Wilson.

Material donations such as school books, laboratory equipment and medical equipment can be sent to us in Tanzania at the below address. Thank you from all of us at the CHCWP.

Chairman: Joseph F. Cullman 3rd
Vice-Chairman: Robin Hurt
2nd Vice-Chairman: Terry Mathews, Kay Delaney Bring
Director: David Wallas
Honorary Director: Asst. Director of Wildlife, Tanzania
Trustees: Adam Hill, Robert Woody Johnson 4th, Hargy E. Kimei, Costa Mlay
Administrator: Sally Capper
Field Officers: John Ngalasoni, Elly Mamuya, Vincent Boney
All anti-poaching teams

CHCWP, P.O. Box 8325, Arusha, Tanzania, Email: enquiries@cullmanandhurt.org


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