Despite living on its doorstep, few local children have ever visited Katavi National Park. Each year students in Standard VII and Form IV visit Katavi National Park for a “Day in the Park”. The goal of this project is to give youth a chance to learn about wildlife and the environment in order to encourage them to participate in its conservation, bestow an understanding of the importance of its protection and to encourage TANAPA (the park’s staff) to interact with the youth of Tanzania.
During their “Day in the Park” the children visit many of Katavi’s finest sites, including Lake Chada where the Mpimbwe god ‘Katabi’ is thought to herd his hippopotami. They also are given presentations by TANAPA staff sergeants and rangers in which they learn about the benefits of national parks, are introduced to the role of the Tanzanian National Parks in nature conservation and discuss the threats to wildlife.
This project in Mpimbwe was started under MIMAMPI but is now coordinated by TANAPA with support from WASIMA. In 2011 funds were raised through TUSK Trusk and Nomad Trust to purchase a coaster bus that is dedicated by TANAPA for community park trips especially for school children.
Project funders: The Rufford Foundation, The Nomad Trust (Tanzania), Tusk Trust, Private funders with collaboration of the District Council and Tanzania National Parks.