Serengeti De-Snaring Program

Poaching remains a major challenge to conservation in Tanzania. In the Serengeti, tour operators are now supporting Tanzania National Parks (TANAPA) by funding Frankfurt Zoological Society’s De-Snaring Program in the Serengeti.

Desnaring team Serengeti
Members of the de-snaring team taking down and dismantling poachers' snares.

Snaring often targets abundant species such as wildebeests, which are poached for their bushmeat. But snares are also deadly traps for many other animals that are not targeted, such as predators or elephants. 

The FZS Serengeti de-snaring program is a unique partnership between FZS, Serengeti Park management and tour operators working in the area. The project employs teams of ex-poachers that move through the park, removing snares and freeing trapped animals. Since the project began in 2017, the team has removed almost 30,000 snares and freed 286 live animals! In 2018 alone, we collected over 17,000 snares in the Serengeti. In order to continue doing this important work, we need your help. 

However, in order to expand this program and cover larger areas in the Serengeti, the program seeks support from tour operators who rely on the region’s wildlife and intact ecosystem as the basis for tourism in the area. Through this initiative, FZS hopes to demonstrate the ways in which collaborative effort can help to conserve Tanzania’s wildlife heritage. 

Tour Operators and Partners Supporting the fight against poaching

Memorandum of Understanding has been established between FZS, TANAPA, and Serengeti National Park operators from the private sector, with the goal of initiating a de-snaring program. This collaborative effort involves setting up an initial de-snaring team, with the goal of adding more teams for a total of eight teams in the future, subject to financial support. Thanks to generous financial support from an operator, one suitable new vehicle has been imported into Serengeti National Park and is being converted. FZS and TANAPA have provided operational support with personnel as well as an FZS vehicle that has been allocated to the program. 
Most of the funding for this program comes from voluntary donations from camps and hotels. This program benefits all stakeholders in tourism.