WILDLIFE PROJECTS, COMMUNITY PROJECTS BY THE CULLMAN AND HURT, ARUSHA, TANZANIA, EAST AFRICA.
CHCWP has a
mobile video unit and generator, which is used to show films
in all the 26 villages presently, involved in the project. Wildlife
videos and films about environmental concerns such as charcoal burning,
in kiswahili, are shown to primary schools and all that are interested.
Using film as a medium, many environmental issues can be brought to light and envisioned, by hundreds of people in remote areas of Tanzania. We hope to use films from the African Environmental Film Foundation as well as other sources to encourage people to learn about and to protect their world.
Apart from never having seen a video, many children in these villages have never seen the wildlife surrounding them. CHCWP helps these children to understand what they are trying to conserve by taking them on school trips to the National Parks. Hiring a specially outfitted truck from the African Wildlife Foundation, these trips are enjoyed immensely and are incredibly rewarding.
In trying to get the communities more and more involved in their natural resources, we have come up with projects that can be carried out by the women in the villages. Together with Africare, a conservation organisation working down in the Ugalla River Basin, we are starting the production of honey and peanuts for use in Robin Hurt Safari's camps and for sale to tourists. We hope that this will generate some alternative revenue for the communities and allow them to benefit further from the tourism in their areas.
CHCWP has been operating in remote areas of Tanzania for many years and in this time have accrued a large amount of data on anti-poaching. Field Officers are provided with GPS's to enable them to record all positions of poaching found and any other relevant data. We hope to be able to incorporate this on a computerised map using GIS.
In addition, CHCWP and Robin Hurt Safaris are assisting the Tanzanian Government in the collection of data on the status of leopard in Tanzania. Mr. Arturo Caso is to carry out a survey on the leopard population in Rungwa this year, sponsored by RHS (Tz) Ltd as well as others.