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South Sudan wildlife conservation makes progress

Wolfgang H. Thome, eTN Africa  Aug 26, 2009

In a remarkable effort, considering the circumstances in the Southern Sudan in general and with conservation in particular, the Government of Southern Sudan (GoSS)’s Ministry of Wildlife Conservation and Tourism in conjunction with the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) began to establish migration patterns of game moving between the Boma National Park and other areas of the semi-autonomous region.

It is understood that USAID funded the efforts and the research work, which extended the states of Jonglei, Eastern and Central Equatoria and covered the Nimule National Park, the Badingilo National Park, the Jonglei Plains and the Sudd, one of the world’s largest wetlands. Selected animals were “collared” to track their movement with sophisticated monitoring equipment, which was also provided under the project partnership of WCS and USAID.

The GoSS Minister of Wildlife Conservation and Tourism Agnes Lukudu praised the efforts according to information availed to this correspondent, as it will for the first time permit to determine migration patterns of wildlife across the Southern Sudan.

Several Elephants, Tiangs and White-Eared Kobs were selected and a second such exercise will again take place in the forthcoming dry season to expand the sample base. The expected results will assist the government in Juba to earmark further areas for wildlife conservation and expand the opportunities for tourism to the existing and future national park and reserve areas.

Prof. Fraser Tong, the undersecretary in the ministry (permanent secretary), was quoted as having said, “By knowing where the animals are moving we can better orient our anti poaching efforts to protect them and also identify key habitat areas requiring conservation management. “

South Sudan wildlife conservation makes progress
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