African Community Projects, African Wildlife Projects by Cullman and Hurt Community Wildlife Project, formerly, Cullman Wildlife Project.

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April 2003

In This Issue

TCHCWP village meeting in Nguruka
Cullman & Hurt, Community Wildlife Project, Art Auction
Leopard Project
Big Screen Films

The Makao Anti-poaching team have been operating mostly on their own for the last few months. A vehicle has been sent out from time to time for assistance but the majority of the time they have been carrying out foot patrols from camp. With the influx of wildebeest coming in during the migration an increase of wire snares have been found around Makao village. It is believed that the people responsible for setting these come from much further away, the WaNdorobo people and also people from Saka Saka village. We are having meetings with Makao village to try and stop the problem and have informed them that we cannot continue to support them if they are harbouring these people.

A letter has been written to Iramba Ndogo and Mwangudo villages to warn them about the harm that the charcoal business can do and it has been copied to the relevant authorities. It seems that the need for charcoal in some of the big towns is reaching as far as this area and we want to try and get people to stop now before it is too late.
Robin has asked us to research into starting up a tree planting scheme with the villagers, which is underway now with the help of Gerard Ambrose.
Makao village have started to build their dispensary toilets and we await news of further projects.
Sungu have finished their teacher's house and he has moved in. The school toilets have also been finished and a second classroom has been started.

Iramba Ndogo have almost finished their new classrooms, and Mwangudo have also started building two new classrooms for their school.

Our anti-poaching team joined forces with five Game Officers from Rukwa-Lukwati Game Reserve and together they carried out patrols throughout February and March. We'd like to thanks the Project Manager from Rukwa-Lukwati for all his assistance and his enthusiasm for anti-poaching.

Altogether nine muzzle loaders and 280 pieces of timber were confiscated, and 7 poachers arrested. It seems that the majority of poaching in this area is for meat, mainly buffalo.
The five new villages that have joined the project, all on the border of the Game Reserve have already almost finished with their first projects. Masigo have almost finished their teacher's house, as have Wachawaseme. Nsenkwa have built the walls of their teacher's house and are about to put the roof on. The classrooms and office being built at Mtakuja have the roof and floor in and all that remains is to plaster outside. Kanoge have been making all their bricks in preparation to build.

John Magembe has handed over to Elly Mamuya in this area. As usual, one of the largest problems here is illegal fishing camps and monitoring the size of nets used to fish with. The Field Officers remove people time and time again, but there seems to be some confusion between the authorities who issue the fishing permits. In many instances fees have been paid but licenses not issued!

The timber industry still carries on and now, sadly, due to the number of hard wood trees that have been taken out the size of these trees has diminished to the point that there is now a thriving business in dealing with the offcuts.

TCHCWP village meeting in Nguruka

The villages are facing problems this year with wildlife coming in and eating their crops. Mamuya thinks that one of the reasons may be due to the fact that the Wasukuma have been moved out of the Lake Sagara area with their cattle. In the past they created a buffer between the villages and much of the wildlife.

Nevertheless work has been carried on with Usinga nearly finished their dispensary and doctor's house. Ukumbi kakoko have finished their school toilets and Nguruka are finishing their secondary school hall. Lumbe still have to start work on their village office although they have all the materials on site.

We have sent a letter to Usinga commending them on their hard work every year to make sure village projects are carried out and finished. It is encouraging to work with them.


Since October last year over 1,660 pieces of illegal timber have been confiscated, which is worth over $13,000! Being an industry that uses a lot of labour this has resulted in 50 people being convicted.

We have decided to increase the anti-poaching operations in Rungwa during the next couple of months by sending both Mamuya and Ngalasoni to the area to run separate teams simuntaneously. This will enable us to cover a much larger area and tackle the problem of increased poaching both throughout the Game Reserve and in the Piti Open Area.

We have started supporting a new village called Majojoro which borders Piti Open Area. They have started with the building of their teacher's house and have reached up to the lentil level. We will monitor the effect that working with this village has and hope that it helps to reduce some of the poaching as it was once one of the biggest villages to protect meat poachers in the area.


No reports of poaching have emerged from this area since last year.
We have a student from USA presently carrying out a project on the Masai and their recent perceptions on wildlife and in particular wildlife vs. agriculture. She is conducting interviews with questionnaires using John Ngalasoni as a translator.

Cullman & Hurt, Community Wildlife Project, Art Auction

A fund-raising Art Auction was held on Thursday 6th February 2003 in the Akeley
Hall of African Mammals, in the Museum of Natural History, New York City.

27 pieces of Art Work were on display and five other items were also donated to the Auction, namely, two special editions of Robin Hurt's Hunting the Big Five book, Robin Hurt's battered old hunting hat, a Griffin & Howe Claremont over and under 12 gauge sporting shotgun, and an Africa Adorned necklace kindly donated by Carolyn Markham. Approximately 150 guests came to the cocktail party, and almost 90 guests stayed for dinner. The Art was set up alongside the life size group of striding elephants and the dinner was held opposite, and next to several of the Museum's magnificent wildlife dioramas of African wildlife.

Thanks to kind friends and supporters of the project, mostly clients of The Safari World of Robin Hurt, 27 items were sold during the evening, raising approximately US$140,000 towards the anti-poaching activities of the project for the next year and a half. Mr Bartle Bull, the New York author, was a dignified Master of Ceremonies who introduced Mr Joseph cullman. Mr Cullman gave a talk about some of his adventures in Africa, and about the Cullman & Hurt Project. Mr Robin Hurt introduced a short slide show explaining the work of the project.
It was a delightful evening, in an incredible venue, much enjoyed by everyone who attended.

The organizers, Robin Hurt, Pauline Mousley and David Markham, would like to thank many people who were prime movers and assisted greatly with the success of the evening. Our major thanks are due to Mr and Mrs Joseph Cullman 3rd, who very kindly hosted and sponsored the wonderful dinner, and sponsored the memorable venue. We would not have been able to hold such a magnificent auction, if it were not for them _ thank you both very very much. Mr Joe Prather and Mr Guy Bignell of Griffin & Howe, not only donated a shotgun, but also helped enormously with the invitations and with much hard work behind the scenes concerning receiving and shipping of Art Work _ thank you, Griffin & Howe. Mr and Mrs John Jackson of Conservation Force were an enormous help with the cheques and balances and sorting out payments after the Auction _ thank you indeed. We would also like to thank the Artists, Al Agnew, Edward Aldridge, Paul Augustinus, John Banovich, Peter Blackwell, Guy Coheleach, Mike Ghaui, Peter Gray, Vic Guhrs, Janet Heaton, Louise Hill, Brian Jarvi, Roy Keeler, T.D Kelsey, Johann Koch, Karen Laurence, Denis Mathews, Terry Mathews, Patrick Mavros, Kobus Moller, Larry Norton, Lindsay Scott, Tim Scott-Bolton, Daniel Smith and Carolyn Markham. We are also truly grateful to our guests who came and purchased from the Auction, thereby helping to keep the Cullman & Hurt project going. Namely, Mr and Mrs Kerry Krottinger, Mr and Mrs Ron Kastner, Mr and Mrs Ron Mannix, Mr and Mrs Joe Cullman, Mr and Mrs Joe Bishop, the Keough family, Mr and Mrs John Barr, Mr and Mrs Fred Mannix, Mr and Mrs Paul Tudor-Jones, Mr Bill Turnbull, Mr and Mrs John Ross, Mr Herbert Allen, Mr and Mrs Stan Long, Mr and Mrs Carl Davis, Mr and Mrs Karl Rathjen, Mr Paul Gould, Mr and Mrs William Webb, and Mr and Mrs George Dean Johnson. The people and the wildlife of Tanzania will be extremely happy to have such strong support from the American people, whilst Americans are suffering their own worries at a delicate time in world history.

Pauline Mousley/Nairobi/25 February 2003

Leopard Project

Arturo Caso will be once more heading down to Piti in June. He has to collect seven GPS collars that were put on the leopards last year. This will enable him to establish the population size of miombo leopard in this area. Roger Hurt is assisting him and is carrying out his final year project for University analyzing the leopards' movements from the information in the collars.

If anyone is interested in reading Arturo's report, please contact us and we will send it to you.

If anyone would like to sponsor Arturo's work, then please don't hesitate to contact us.

Further information can be found on http://www.angelfire.com/tx/margay/index.html

Big Screen Films

For a number of years now we have been showing environmental films in kiswahili to school children and communities using a small tv and video deck. We now have the opportunity to show these films using a large screen and projector through an NGO recently started up called `Maajabu' (which means wonderful, amazing, in kiswahili). Each showing will cost us fuel and wages for the operators which on average works out at about $25 a time, a small price for so much pleasure combined with effectiveness.

Find out more about Maajabu, visit the site: www.maajabu.org


Big, Big thanks to the following for recent donations:

Mr. Tom Watson

Mr. and Mrs. Jamie Anderson


Chairman: Joseph F Cullman 3rd.
Vice Chairman: Robin Hurt.
2nd Vice Chairman: Terry Matthews.
3rd Vice Chairman: Kay Delaney-Bring.
Honorary Director: Mr. Charles Mdoe, Department of Wildlife
Trustees: Adam Hill, Robert Wood Johnson IV, Hargy E. Kimei, Costa Mlay, John Jackson III
Project Director: Sally Capper
Field Officers: John Ngalasoni, Elly Mamuya, and John Magembe


If you would like to support this project, all contributions can be sent to:
Conservation Force,
One Lakeway Centre, 3900 N. Causeway Blvd, Suite 1045,
Metairie, LA 70002-1746, USA

501 ( c ) 3 tax exemption ID no. is 72-11364493
Hibernia National Bank, 3050 Severn Avenue, Metairie, LA 70002, USA
ID No: 065000-090; Acct. Name: Conservation Force/Cullman-Hurt Project; Acct No: 8006397434

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

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