COVID-19

A message from Project Director Dr Amy Dickman

The coronavirus pandemic is creating havoc around the world and, as everywhere, we have been feeling its impacts at the Ruaha Carnivore Project. The pandemic will exacerbate pressure on wildlife globally – Tanzania has experienced a huge drop in incoming tourists and this will affect the benefits that communities receive from wildlife presence.

The team is working hard to safeguard local people and wildlife, and we will continue to do so to the very best of our abilities even during this extremely challenging time. Although primarily a conservation organisation, our work with local Tanzanian communities has put us in a position to have an impact on the health sector. We have developed protocols to keep our field staff and local communities safe and will continue to evaluate our policies based on Government directives and policies. Last year we provided over $25,000 to the health sector across 16 communities and, although we may have to modify our approach in 2020 to limit social interactions, we aim to have the same positive impact this year. These benefits are directly tied to wildlife presence on village land and their impact has been massive.

RCP is extremely fortunate to have built up such a wonderfully committed network of supporters around the world, and we very much hope that you will bear with us during this time and continue to support us however you are able. Above all, take care of your personal health, and that of your families and teams.

Amy and the Team

Remember that, wherever you are, you can still get wonderful insights into Ruaha’s wildlife and have some fun contributing to our research by identifying our camera-trap photos through Snapshot Ruaha. For more information visit:
https://www.zooniverse.org/projects/meredithspalmer/snapshot-ruaha