US Senators visit National Parks in Tanzania

US senators heading to the vehicles ready for their game drive at Serengeti National Park in Arusha on Tuesday. Five senators have started a two-day visit of the parks as part of an official programme in the country. (Photo by Pascal Shelutete)

A statement issued in Dar es Salaam yesterday by Tanzania National Parks Authority (TANAPA) Public Relations Manager Mr Pascal Shelutete said the delegation was being led by Michigan Senator, Ms Debbie Stabenow.

Ms Stabenow, who is also chairperson of the US Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, will have an opportunity to witness conservation and natural resources management in
promoting sustainable economic development.

The US Senate delegation will also witness the challenges of combating the wildlife trafficking crisis and methods for its mitigation atthe local, regional, national and international levels.

While in Serengeti, the delegation will also visit sites of local conservation projects and view elephants and rhinos in their natural habitats. Moreover, the delegation will meet with leaders on the front line in the war against poaching and visit community projects aimed at preserving their natural resources, including threatened species.

They will also learn about human-wildlife conflict and other issues of importance to local people. Other senators in the delegation are Ms Cantwell (Washington), Ms Amy Klobuchar (Minnesota), Ms Heidi Heitkamp (North Dakota) and Ms Maize Hirono (Hawaii).

Source Tanzania Daily News