Drought Threatens Tanzania's Largest Wildlife Sanctuary
Poaching is no longer a serious challenge in Ruaha National Park (RNP) located in southern highlands of Tanzania, but severe drought, which has hit the catchment of the Great Ruaha River hard. Park managers expressed concern over the new foe, which threatens the survival of Tanzania's largest park with its rich biodiversity. Christopher Timbuka, Chief Park warden of RNP said that currently the river catchment has turned into a dustbowl, posing a serious threat to wildlife and human activities on the river basin. The river flows through the Usangu wetlands and the Ruaha National Park east into the Rufiji River.