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Digital Subscriptions > Travel Africa > July-September 2019 (87) > REVIVING A CRITICAL WILDLIFE CORRIDOR


In Tanzania, community partnerships and livestock support have transformed a stronghold for wildlife.
Manyara Ranch, which AWF manages and where we work in partnership with local communities, is an important giraffe habitat

The newcomer to Manyara Ranch wasn’t hard to flush out. Two rangers crept around a bend toward its hiding spot – a thicket at the edge of a large pond. With a sudden rush from the foliage, the hippo flew out and into the water with a decisive splash.

It’s not advisable to approach hippos, but Manyara’s caretakers must monitor their resident wildlife’s numbers and be aware of potentially dangerous animals’ presence and movements. The two men were elated to see the new arrival, who appeared to be a solitary traveller. It was the first time in decades that a hippo had appeared on the 45,000 acre community conservancy.

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