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South Sudan collars wild animal to develop eco-tourism

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August 22, 2009 (JUBA) — South Sudan authorities and a US nongovernmental organization for the first time finalized an operation to track the migration of wild animals in order to develop protected areas and eco-tourism.

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WCS and Ministry of Wildlife and Tourism staff collaring adult male elephant with GPS/satellite collar in Nimule Park (photo by Paul Elkan -WCS)

Over the past two weeks southern Sudan Ministry of Wildlife Conservation and Tourism and the New York based Wildlife Conservation Society worked to locate, immobilize, collar with radio/GPS/satellite tracking units, elephants, tiang and white-eared kob.

The USAID funded operation covered Jonglei, Eastern Equatoria, and Central Equatoria States including Badingilo National Park, Boma National Park, Nimule National Park, Jonglei plains, and the Sudd wetlands.

"This is another key step for us in building our understanding of the wildlife migrations in the region which will help my Ministry and its partners in planning management and tourism development strategies in order to contribute to the development of Southern Sudan" said Mrs. Agnes Lukudu, GOSS Minister for Wildlife Conservation and Tourism.

"The tracking devices are already generating useful information," said a statement issued by the southern Sudan ministry and the WCS. They added the collected data would be integrated into management strategies and promotion of tourism in the region.

During this first phase of the collaring operation, 9 Elephant, 12 Tiang, and 12 White-eared kob were successfully collared. Further collaring of animals will be undertaken in the dry season to expand data and information collection.

The GPS/Satellite tracking will provide concerned authorities with accurate information on the migratory patterns of these species, help identify corridors necessary for sustaining the migrations in the long run, inform land-use planning and protected area management, and reveal areas which can be prioritized for eco-friendly tourism development.

"By knowing where the animals are moving we can better orient our anti-poaching efforts to protect them and also identify key habitat areas requiring conservation management," said Mr. Frazer Tong, Undersecretary of wildlife ministry.

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  • 23 August 2009 06:31, by Maruon Ayiei

    This is what we want to see in the south. Get to work.

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  • 23 August 2009 07:12, by Kur

    Perhaps there is a need to collar the criminals who are wanted by the International Criminal Court so that they have nowhere to hide in the desert. Noble men and women never run away from justice because they have nothing to fear. Salva and Pangan along with other noble leaders of the SPLM are heros, who have made their way to public arena with clean record. So they will be remembered as such.

    Kur

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    • 23 August 2009 13:37, by Mabior Ayuen Dengajok

      This is a sensible decision to have created such tourism industry, however, Government of South Sudan is civilizing very well and this plan I find it useful and the minister of tourism industry need finance to make this vision possible.

      It’s not only oil could develop South Sudan economics but such plans of creating tourism, agriculture, mining and exporting good and services plus taxation could create many jobs to unemployed citizens if our government is keeping on creating opportunities.

      All this jobs will attract many Southerners in exiles to return back and sustain developing South Sudan, “they will never come quick if Goss is not creating jobs”

      I read over past few months that Ajah Agar in Jonglei State could be turn into agricultural productive area, I strongly disagree with that move, in my point of view, it’s could be enormous idea to be left as reserve park for wildlife where it can be potential of generating money as a tourist attraction site.

      Well done government of South Sudan, talk about change and its must be in action so people believe on their party and supporting until the last person.

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      • 23 August 2009 18:46, by Arochthon

        Yes, it is good idea to collar back our wild animals but on the other hand it is too late by now. The ministry which I may say is one of the essential ministries was given to NCP which has no aim other than failing south Sudan. They know very well that if south Sudan has good wild reserve they may have resources much more than what they wait from the north.
        I can not appreciate that Job until it is accomplished, many animals have been killed illegally and many have migrated to near countries. NCP is also sponsoring militia to terrorized civilians in the south such that there would be no peace that could allow wild animal to remain in one place.

        Arocthon

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        • 25 August 2009 17:04, by Makol Dhal

          You should also design mechanism that control those animals from DRC Border because they are used as food by LRA Rebels.

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