Conservation Foundation (CF) Trust

Tanzania Africa Big Game Safaris conservation - photo of people and culture of Tanzania
 
   

Introduction

TBGS Tanzania African Big Game Safaris bullet The Conservation Foundation (CF) Trust (CFT) is a non profit organization founded in 1994 by the Ramoni Family. Tanzania Big Game Safaris Ltd, Tandala Hunting Safaris (1998) Ltd and Tanzania Safaris and Hunting (2003) Ltd along with Ramoni family are the primary contributors to CFT.

The majority of all the hunting concessions in Tanzania have a high human population along their boundaries. These communities are, for the most part, subsistence farmers or pastoral herders living on the poverty line who view the wilderness areas on their doorsteps as their only resource base. These areas are protected by legislation, preventing it's utilization by the local communities. A conflict of interest develops between the communities and conservationists, which includes hunting companies. This is emphasized by the fact that the considerable revenue generated from tourist hunting is absorbed by the central government and used countrywide. Little of this money reaches the communities where the revenue was originally generated.

TBGS Tanzania Big Game Safaris conservation effort: photo of kids showing donation to their school

School supplies handed to the Irkuishiabor Primary school in the Masai Open area.

Tanzania Big Game Safaris TBGS conservation: donation of wheelchairs

Handing out wheelchairs in Mwambesi Wildlife Management Area

Tanzania Big Game Safaris TBGS conservation: Photo of donated dam

A new dam built in the Simanjiro Naberera Game Controlled Area.


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"Protect the Present"

Community Development


TBGS Tanzania African Big Game Safaris bullet The management of our areas includes different projects in the villages adjoining our concession areas. It is very important to make clear that carefully managed hunting in the concession areas is far more profitable for the people as well as for the environment than any other form of land use. We continue to build the trust of the people in the neighboring villages. Direct assistance managed and implemented on behalf of CFT ensures that the whole community benefits as opposed to individuals in the community. Communities must submit a formal written proposal requesting specific projects to CFT for consideration. Once approved, CFT will use their contractor, under direct supervision, to complete the approved project on the villagers behalf.
We have built and continue to build schools, churches, dispensaries, administration buildings and dams to support the local communities. We also finance ongoing projects like providing schools with school supplies, furniture to Government administration buildings and dispensaries with
medical supplies, along with famine relief throughout a majority of the concession areas.


Tanzania Big Game Safaris TBGS conservation: photo of donated school construction

Construction of the Lung'wa school in the Maswa North Game Reserve.

Tanzania Big Game Safaris TBGS conservation: photo of donated school

The completed school.

Tanzania Big Game Safaris TBGS conservation: Photo of donated goods for famine relief

Famine relief in the Inyonga East and West Game controlled area.

Tanzania Big Game Safaris TBGS conservation: Photo of donated medical supplies

Medical supplies donated to the Emboreet village within the
Simajiro West Game controlled Area

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"Protect the Present"

Anti-Poaching


TBGS Tanzania African Big Game Safaris bullet A crucial element of conservation is obviously the need for anti-poaching. Each and every day, the local population encroaches into Wildlife Management Areas (WMA), Game Controlled Areas (GCA) and Game Reserves (GR), looking to earn a living. This is a result of the ever increasing population of the local towns and villages.

CFT spends an incredible amount of resources on patrolling these areas, with a year-round presence. This will ensure that our children can still enjoy what we and our forefathers have enjoyed. It also helps not only to protect the animals, but to protect the natural habitat such as forest ecosystems, that disappear at an alarming rate due to charcoal burning or illegal logging.

The patrol units go on routine patrols looking for signs of any type of poaching which might be taking place in our concession areas. Meat and hide poaching is illegal to take place in any concession area and when poachers is caught there is a case immediately opened against them. The most common way of capturing animals are the non-selective methods used such as snares which cause a slow and painful death to any animal which might venture into it's path. Snares are 100 % successful in its work. Woodcutting, charcoal making, honey gathering and fishing are only allowed to be practiced with a valid permit in a GCA for a set time limit.


Tanzania Big Game Safaris TBGS conservation: Photo of poachers camp

Poachers caught with 6 dead zebras in a private vehicle in the
Simanjiro West Game Controlled Area


Tanzania Big Game Safaris TBGS conservation: Photo of poacher's charcoal pit destruction

Charcoal Poachers destroying their charcoal pit in The Masai East Open Area.

Our anti-poaching teams have numerous obstacles that lie ahead. We have been able to witness that all of our anti-poaching teams are dedicated to conserving our concession areas that we have the privilege and honor of managing for the country of Tanzania.

Tanzania Big Game Safaris TBGS conservation: Photo of Maswa game reserve poaching team

Our Maswa North Game Reserve anti-poaching team with over
200 snares retrieved out of the block.


Tanzania Big Game Safaris TBGS conservation: Photo of game reserve anti-poaching team

Our Maswa North Game Reserve anti-poaching team seized meat,
various trophies, capes, spears, bows and poisoned arrows in a poachers camp.

Tanzania Big Game Safaris TBGS conservation: Photo of illegal timber camp

Illegal timber camp being destroyed by our Mlele North Game
Controlled Area anti - poaching team


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"Protect the Present"

Environmental Studies and Education


TBGS Tanzania African Big Game Safaris bullet CFT now has a certified environmental officer on staff who is involved in ongoing environmental impact assessments of all land types within all our concession areas. He is assisting with environmental education within the neighboring villages together with participating in many ongoing projects such as:
mapping and digitizing through GIS (Geographic Information System)
data capturing

The information collected by our environmental officer so far has been very important and has brought to light what further management can be carried out in the concession areas.


Tanzania Big Game Safaris TBGS conservation: Photo of natural forest

Natural untouched Miombo forest

Tanzania Big Game Safaris TBGS conservation: Photo of tobacco plantation croachment

Croachment of tobacco plantations into the Miombo forests of the
Inyonga East Game controlled Area


Tanzania Big Game Safaris TBGS conservation: Photo of cleared forests

Miombo forests that has been cleared for tobacco planting on the boarder of our
Inyonga East Game Controlled Area


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