The Tarangire-Manyara Landscape stretches from the Usambara mountains to the Great Rift Valley, where a critical wildlife corridor connects habitats between Tarangire and Lake Manyara National Parks and up toward Lake Natron through the Engaruka Valley.
In addition to monitoring wildlife and preventing human-wildlife conflicts, the region is home to the Noloholo Environmental Center and a hub for sustainable livelihoods efforts.
This work in Monduli District… helps the community, whose economy depends on livestock, to benefit from it while providing an alternative source of income. This will sustain the community economically – hence protecting nature and increasing valuable grazing land.
Catherine Francis Maembe, Monduli District Wildlife Office
On the Ground in Tarangire-Manyara
Elevating African Women and Girls
The African Women in Conservation Initiative creates positive change in classrooms, communities, and our own programming. Girls clubs are set to launch in Simanjiro and Monduli Districts in 2023 using a curriculum guided by a baseline survey of the girls’ challenges at home and school. The recently revamped the Women in Conservation mentorship program welcomed the first mentees at Noloholo in early 2023 for hands-on learning with ongoing career support.
Along the way, APW has continued to invest in equity, from gender trainings at youth camps and facilitating community meetings to funding a scholarship for the top graduating female student in Community-Based Conservation at the College of Wildlife Management in Mweka.
The Growing Buzz About Wildlife-Friendly Business
Mama Asali honey (and profits!) keep flowing for the Women’s Beekeeping Initiative. With continued investment in product development and business training, members are growing their environmentally friendly businesses to the benefit of their households, personal feelings of self-worth, and the habitat that is protected by hanging hives.
More than 2.5 tons of crude honey were harvested from 192 hives last year, an increase from 2021 despite continued drought. Beekeeping Program Officer Samson Beah is particularly proud of the expanding line of Mama Asali products like skincare and soaps that are hitting markets around Arusha.
Big Wins for Community Game Scouts - Again!
In 2022, our Community Game Scouts emerged as top finishers in the global Wildlife Ranger Challenge. A huge round of applause goes to the coed APW Team B, which demonstrated exceptional teamwork and perseverance, earning them a well-deserved second place.
Back in the field, Community Game Scouts logged 12,070 miles of patrols in 2022 as part of their work to protect animals and prevent conflict outside of Tarangire National Park. Scouts also conduct joint patrols with the Wildlife Division’s anti-poaching unit, adding strength to this team of wildlife guardians.
Adapting Living Walls for People & Predators
In 2022, 50 Warriors for Wildlife responded to 165 conflicts across the Tarangire-Manyara landscape. Here, multiple species of carnivores are responsible for conflicts with livestock and people, including hyena, lion, and leopard. By considering the hunting behaviors of these different predators, we adapt the design of Living Walls:
- Depth to bury the chain link – to prevent hyenas from digging under
- Distance between trees and diameter of the chain link wire – to prevent lions from pushing through
- Proximity of the Living Wall to tall trees – to prevent leopards from jumping into the boma from nearby trees