A big breakthrough after only forty days on the job for our ranger team - they tracked down a well known Poacher named Hamadi. He had been active on Darakuta for more than 20 years, killing over 700 animals. In a previous interrogation he had admitted to poaching the last group of giraffes on Darakuta. The good news is that he informed on several other poachers, information we hope will help our rangers catch more poachers.
Elephants were last seen on Darakuta was over 15 years ago. Yesterday, with only a few days to go before our new team of rangers are set to finish their training, a group of elephants moved in to Darakuta. Is that a coincidence or do elephants have a seventh sense? Watch here as we get back to you with the latest updates and try to get some pictures. According to eye-witnesses, it is a group of about 10-16 individuals. Even if they are less they are most welcome
"Hilo jeshi mambo ya upendo yako sawa-sawa!!"... The sound of melodious voices and stomping feet drift through the Rift Valley air. Rangers in training - the first step of establishing Darakuta as a Game Ranch has been set in motion, with the help of PAMS Foundation. It all began when we met with Wayne Lotter from PAMS Foundation on a sunny afternoon in Arusha. We had approached the Game Office in Babati about establishing Darakuta as a game ranch, and they recommended that we contact PAMS Foundation about training a team of rangers. We quickly realised that Darakuta and PAMS Foundation had many overlapping interests. What started out some big ideas has begun to take form, and training began about a month ago! Thirty candidates were selected, 10 by Darakuta from the surrounding communities, and 20 by PAMS from all over Tanzania. The candidates worked through a rigorous training program led by PAMS Foundation's instructors, on the newly established PAMS training base located at Darakuta HQ. All 10 of Darakuta's and 18 of PAMS Foundation's candidates completed the training successfully. The Darakuta Rangers are not quite done yet though! After an initial period of patrolling on the ground at Darakuta under the guidance of one PAMS Foundation's instructors, a few of the rangers will be selected to attend the second level training in Sekamaganga.