More Support for Natural Wildlife, Chimps, Cichlids & Fishing

Another exhilarating new programme was the further development of the present support to the far away Mahale Mountains National Park in the far west of Tanzania into the complete Mahale Ecosystem Management Project (MEMP).

Pictured below is a red colobus in Male National Park mahale national park

The zoological society has been working hard with Tanzania National Parks to preserve this centre of biodiversity in the Albertine Rift. This has come to fruition thanks to the two million Euro assistance from the European Union.

Mahale, situated on the shores of Lake Tanganyika, is an incredibly unique and magical dwelling. Plenty of guests are attracted to this place because of the finest and greatest acclimatised chimpanzee population. The park does not have any roads and entrance is merely achievable by boat or a light aircraft; it is a real wilderness area. The park is surrounded by an extensive array of terrestrial and aquatic habitats. More than 300 species of fish are discovered simply in this lake and more than half of these endemic cichlids arise on the rocky cliffs and sandy beaches of the park.

The Mahale Ecosystem Management Project is devoted to guarding the natural treasures of this biodiversity hotspot and enhancing the while at the same time improving the source of revenue of local people residing near to the park. The Great Lakes district of Africa has been destroyed by civil disagreements and war in current decades. Unfortunately, Mahale has not been protected from these actions. A significant amount of the human population around the park is Congolese refugees. In the first year of the project, in addition to support to the local communities, project activities involved the growth of a management plan for Mahale National Park, assistance to park procedures and structures by providing boats, communication tools and office blocks in addition to support to the local communities. Each activity was seriously carried out in complete cooperation with staff from Tanzania National Parks, which has allowed the project results to be continued until today.