Headed to Tanzania with a Blowpipe - for the Conservation of Endangered Animals
In the East African country, the blowpipe is a real inno-vation for the humane immobilization and treatment of animals. How this works in practice was taught to Tanzanian wildlife experts by the Academy in November at a special training which took place at the Makoa Farm near Moschi.
The contact to the Academy was fostered by veterinarians Dr. Elisabeth Stegmaier and Dr. Dr. Laszlo Paizs, who in addition to operating a clinic for zoo animals and wildlife also run the only Zoology Educational Center in Tanzania at the Makoa Farm.
The universal, inexpensive method has, at the initiative of the Tanzania Wildlife Research Institute (TAWIRI), now been introduced by Prof. Dr. Henning Wiesner, Dr. Julia Countess Maltzan and the Veterinarian Miriam Wiesner to Tanzanian wildlife experts Dr. Victor Kakengi (TAWIRI), Violeth Martine Kessy and Godwin Simon Olomi (Tanzania National Parks), Dr. Richard Samson (Soiwine University of Agriculture, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine), Ansbert Rwamahe (Ministry of Natural Resources & Tourism), Tegemea Mnzava and Cosmas Soombe (Ngoro Ngoro Conservations Area Authority), Peter Genda (College of African Wildlife Management),
as well as Dr. Justinian Lutatina (Zonal Veterinary Centre Arusha).
The unanimous reaction of all course participants was nicely summarized by Dr. Victor Kakengi of TAWIRI: „This technology is easy to learn, you just have to practice a bit.“
Dr. Richard Samson also thanked the German veterinarians for their work in Tanzania: „The blowpipe training course was really good and it just came at the appropriate time while is really needed to be applicate in our country.“
The success of the course is further highlighted by the fact that the course participants are now teaching the blowpipe immobilization method to their superiors and students, as well as to other Tanzanian wildlife experts, and the method is becoming established as a fundamental component of the veterinary treatment of zoo animals and wildlife by an ever greater number of Tanzanian veterinarians.
These efforts are being reinforced by a new cooperation between the Academy, the Kilimanjaro Animal C.R.E.W. (Center for Rescue, Education & Wildlife) and Kilimanjaro Animal Rescue, which was established within the scope of the blowpipe workshop. One of the intentions is to offer annual blowpipe courses across the country. ■