Applaud Crackdown on Elephant and Rhino Poaching

Target: Dr. John Pombe Magufuli, President of Tanzania

Goal: Thank Tanzanian president for taking steps to end poaching of elephants and black rhinos at Selous Game Reserve.

The president of Tanzania, Dr. Magufuli, recently announced that he will be implementing plans to stop the poaching of black rhinos and elephants in Selous Game Reserve. Dr. Magufuli has given federal security agencies his full support and is allowing them to arrest poachers. He also visited the Dar es Salaam Airport to ensure that the security equipment can detect hidden ivory. Since announcing the crackdown, at least 50 pieces of ivory have been seized and a number of significant poacher arrests have been made.

Since becoming a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1982, Selous Game Reserve has lost 90 percent of its black rhinos and elephants to poaching. In 2014, UNESCO added Selous Game Reserve to the List of World Heritage in Danger due to the rampant poaching. The decline in the wildlife population has also led to a significant decrease in the amount of visitors to the preserve, resulting in local job loss. The poachers are also threatening the safety of the rangers in Selous Game Reserve.

While Dr. Magufuli’s support is a huge leap forward in the protection of Tanzania’s elephants and black rhinos, there is still more work to be done. Sign this petition to thank Dr. Magufuli for his work to end poaching in Selous Game Reserve, and to urge him to continue working to protect elephants and black rhinos.


Dear Dr. Magufuli:

I would like to thank you for protecting the elephants and black rhinos of Selous Game Reserve from ivory smugglers and poachers. I would also like to commend you for personally inspecting the security equipment at Dar es Salaam Airport to ensure that it can detect ivory.

Since becoming a UNESCO World Heritage site, the population of black rhinos and elephants in Selous Game Reserve has been decimated by poachers. This resulted in the Selous Game Reserve being put on the List of World Heritage Sites in Danger in 2014. With your help and support, the elephant and black rhino population will be able to make a comeback. This will result in increased tourism at the game reserve and a happier life for the wildlife there.

Thank you for standing up for the elephants and black rhinos of Tanzania. Now, I urge you to continue using local and federal law enforcement to patrol the park. This will help keep the elephant and black rhino population safe for years to come.


[Your Name Here]

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  1. must do more to kill all poachers of sacred wildlife now.

  2. Denise Devereux says:

    Thank God for an intelligent and respectful President who cares about God’s creatures great and small. These animals are created by God and people have no right to take their life for nothing but greed. I hope those that do are severly punished. Again thank you Mr. President.

  3. simon rickman simon rickman says:

    I don’t believe it for a minute. They are all in the pay of the nasty ignorant cruel chinese. They will ‘discover’ ivory etc at the ports and be applauded while getting backhanders. There is more money in death than life.

  4. As much as this is the face of butchered innocence, is it to become the memory of a devil which only the human spirit could create, those rampant evil acts that we many as consumers or ignorance have allowed carved deep into our ever growing inhumane existence. Each future day is now proof that our history of achievement is outweighed greatly by that of our negative commitment …

    Within the dust and drought of a famine ravaged Africa, is its wildlife and tourism to be its saviour. What local and global politics for power and greed more often prioritise or neglects for the sake of self attainment and ego than of that for people and place, will it surely kill the life, spirit and land of Africa, and so many other places alike …

    The city and its ignorant lifestyles cannot foresee longevity without all other life, forest and ocean beyond its boundaries …

    ‘prioritising the human whilst neglecting the links to our complete existence, will surely become the failure of humanity’ …

    The Hague should be able to prosecute widely all those responsible for these such crimes against existence.

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