Tanzanian army develops ‘thunderclap’ to scare away marauding elephants » Capital News

DODOMA, May 22 (Xinhua) — The Tanzania People’s Defense Forces (TPDF) has developed a thunderclap, also known as a stun grenade, to scare away marauding elephants, said Minister of Defense and National Service Stergomena Lawrence Tax .

Thunder, a less lethal explosive device, will temporarily disorient the senses of elephants attacking human settlements, the minister told lawmakers on Monday, while presenting her ministry’s budget estimates for the 2024/2025 fiscal year.

Tax thundered on May 13 at the Makutupora National Service camp, saying it had been developed by TPDF affiliate Mzinga Corporation in collaboration with the Tanzania Wildlife Research Institute. On May 3, Minister of Natural Resources and Tourism Angellah Kairuki announced measures to control human-wildlife conflicts, primarily elephant attacks.

One measure is to hire 1,187 new rangers over the next two years to strengthen wildlife conservation and control wild animals from attacking residential areas, Kairuki said, responding to lawmakers’ concerns about rising cases of elephant attacks across the country. the country. He said another measure is to continue collaring elephants, which will allow rangers to track stray elephants raiding agricultural crops and residential areas.

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