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People We were honoured that the Prime Minister of Tanzania, Hon. Mizengo Kayanza Peter Pinda and his wife Tunu, were able to take the time to travel to Gonja to lay the foundation stone of the Gonja Mheza Vocational Training Centre (VTC).  Also there were Ted van Dam and Dik Dekker of the Suzuki Rhino Club; Anne Kilango Malecela, the MP for Same; the District Commissioner, Herman Kapufi and many other regional, district and town officials. [more]

Rhino and Mr BRRRR The two rhino calves are doing extremely well and we are hopeful that there will be two more births over the next few months. One of our senior rhino trackers has been working with Dr Peter Morkel and Dr Idrissa Chuma in the Serengeti National Park on rhino conservation.  Pete was then able to travel to Mkomazi with TANAPA. [more]

Infrastructure We are continuing to work with TANAPA on the road maintenance in the park.  The rains are now taking hold so the work that has been done on the main access roads by the Trust’s plant machinery has been timely.  We are also working with TANAPA on a big project to develop another large water source in Mkomazi National Park for the elephant herds and other wildlife (oryx, buffalo, zebra, giraffe etc).  Elephant numbers continue to be much lower than in previous years, which can only be due to the massive poaching on the Kenya side of the border. [more]

25th anniversary held at the Royal Georgraphical Society On September 25th the trust celebrated the 25th Anniversary of the Mkomazi Project with a reception at the Royal Geographical Society in the presence of our patron HRH Princess Michael of Kent and HRH Prince Michael. Some 150 supporters and funders enjoyed the premier of a new film, produced by Jake Thomson, Astrid Harbord and Henry Morley, on Tony Fitzjohn’s life in Africa. That was followed by a stirring speech by Elisaria Nnko, the project’s Operations Manager and the longest serving employee at Mkomazi. Many of those present had met Elisaria in Tanzania over the years so it was a real treat to have him in London and witness the pride he takes in the project. [more]

Supporters and infrastructure

Mkomazi camp headquarters

The past year has seen many fundraising trips abroad, Trust board meetings internationally and visits to the project by trustees and treasurers. Events have been held in the UK, Holland and the USA to raise the critical funds to keep the whole project in operation and we are grateful to everyone who has given their time to this massive undertaking.

In Tanzania, we were honored to welcome Rose Lugembe as a board member. A new Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the Trust, the Ministry of Natural Resources & Tourism and the Ministry of Finance. The Chairman, Trustees and Tony held meetings with the Director of Wildlife, Wildlife Division personnel and the Director General of National Parks to begin to establish the Trust’s position under the new bureaucracy.

Tony was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to wildlife in East Africa and we attended the investiture by HRH Prince Charles with Brigadier General Hashim Mbita, Bob Marshall Andrews and Andrew Mortimer. HRH Princess Michael of Kent, as Patron of GAWPT, kindly continues to give her support.

Representatives from the Board of Tanapa visited the project, as did the Regional Commissioner Kilimanjaro, Mohamedi Babu, and the District Commissioner Same, Ibrahimu Marwa.

Through TUSK, we were visited by the keepers from Longleat Safari Park and a film crew for the series Animal Park.

As always we would like to thank Mazao / Neumanns Coffee Group and Indigo Telecoms for sponsoring communications, as well as Bill Savoy, Ed and Liberty Zwick, Moritz and Hilla Borman, Mark Shanker, Pete Wakeham and Tim Peet for general funding.

None of our work would be possible without the extraordinary commitment and loyalty of our Tanzanian staff, under Elisaria Nnko. Their reputation as one of the most hard-working and professional teams in wildlife conservation is fully deserved. They carry the mantle and responsibility of this project with integrity and determination and we are privileged to work alongside them:

  • Elisaria Nnko – Operations Manager
  • Wilfred Ayo – Workshop / Technical Manager
  • Semu Pallangyo – Rhino Sanctuary Manager
  • Philbert Shindano – i/c Rhino Sanctuary Security
  • Simeon Tumbo – Rhino Sanctuary Fence Maintenance Manager
  • Penieli Elia and Evans Goodlack – Rhino Sanctuary Tracking Team Managers
  • Sangito Lema – Wild Dog Head Keeper

The next few years will bring with them serious challenges. The Trust has a wide range of disciplines to carry out encompassing habitat restoration, infrastructural development, the expansion of the rhino sanctuary both in terms of rhino numbers and area, breeding and reintroduction of wild dogs and the continuation of outreach work.

Needless to say, the project will always need increasing financial support so we look forward to maintaining close contacts with all those individuals and organizations who believe in the project as well as developing new funding sources.