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Tanzanian Government Orders Drought-Hit Herders to Leave National Parks

Drought-afflicted herders have been ordered to remove their cattle from Tanzania's national parks, where they had moved in a bid to find new food sources, the Tanzanian government said late on Monday.

Thousands of heads of cattle, goats and sheep have crossed into Tanzania from neighboring Kenya and Uganda in recent months searching for water and fresh pasture, according to government officials.

This has placed increasing strains on the east African nation's wildlife and has affected the tourism industry, they said.

All herders - both foreign and Tanzanian - have until June 15 to remove their animals from the protected areas, Tanzanian vice president, Samia Hassan Suluhu, said on Monday.

Yoni Lerner

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