The community in Randilen are committed to protect the wildlife and habitat inside its borders, and beyond in village lands encompassing over 1500 sq km. As the wildlife is so well-protected within the Randilen WMA, the anti-poaching teams now mainly work outside the WMA, rescuing animals, bringing in vets when needed, and helping to resolve human-wildlife conflicts.
Demand for ivory and other animal-based products from international and domestic sources has drastically increased illegal hunting and killing of mammals, mainly elephant. Hunting of animals for bushmeat is also an issue, threatening game along human-wildlife interaction areas.
Efforts to combat poaching have been extensively implemented across Tanzania.Before the WMA was established, the area was losing up to 20 elephants per year to ivory poaching. Since the establishment of the WMA, ivory poaching has stopped altogether in the area.
Key to the success of the anti-poaching operations are our Rapid Response Unit, an autonomous unit with all necessary equipment that can quickly move to any part of the WMA in response to an alert. The team of seven highly trained anti-poaching rangers, is able to spend up to 10 days in the field with little or no support. This enables them to find the source of any reported incidents and provide a deterrent to poachers returning to the scene after the fact.