The 1962 ‘Hatari’ an American movie, shot in Tanzania’s Northern part (then the country was still referred to as Tanganyika), highlighted what the worldwide travel & tourism circles had by then known – that a treasure of wildlife wealth existed within the East African nation.
Directed by Howard Hawks an American director as well as starring a number of the international movie sector’s legends then with personalities like Valentin de Vargas, John Wayne, Gerald Blain, Elsa Martinelli, Michele Girardon as well as Hardy Kruger this movie assisted promote Tanzania internationally.
After that came the best-selling novel, authored back in the 1950s – ‘Serengeti Shall Never Die” by Bernhard Grzimek, a well-known Silesian-German zoologist, book author, editor, as well as animal conservationist within the post-war in West Germany who immediately fell deeply in love with the expansive wildlife sanctuary.
It is important to note that following the death of Grzimek in Germany back in 1987, the collected his ashes and they were sent to Tanzania where they were buried near his son Michael, who sadly died in an air-crash in 1957 within Tanganyika in the Ngorongoro Crater.
Actually in 1961 when Tanzania got its independence, Mwalimu Julius Nyerere the first Prime Minister, released a historical report that set the policy as well as pace for wildlife conservation for the economic interest of the country as well as conservation of the natural heritage for that generation and the generations to come.
All the above paid rewards as a large number of tourists entered into this country every year to experience the wildlife in the game parks as well as other attractions, such as the charming Indian Ocean shoreline plus the historical Zanzibar Islands. The Treasury started keeping track of its blessings in kind of foreign income collections
It was surprising, unsatisfactory and completely unpleasant when dishonest people, in their hpye for instant and quick riches started entering the wildlife parks, killing animals like zebras, elephants plus rhinos for their trophy worth.
A number of poachers reached the extent of shooting wildlife like kudu, buffaloes, Oryx as well as antelopes for their valuable meat. These two kinds of poachers left a trail of large wildlife damage, decimating all sorts of wild animals and causing the Tanzania government to shell out a lot of money in anti-poaching activities.
However there shouldn’t be compromise in the different anti-poaching attempt. It should continue. Poachers are financial saboteurs of the most terrible order and they should be hunted just as they hunt the wildlife.