Wildlife Service Short Of FacilitiesIn the

This article was last updated on May 25, 2022

“The directorate of Wildlife conversation in Jonglei state is facing challenges on transpiration of their forces in the areas where people kill animals.  They have no professionals force in their ministry,” said Brig. Akoi Monyjok, the State Director for Administration of Wildlife.

The Wildlife Service has about 2,000 game rangers but they are practically inactive due to old age.

“The forces I have have become old in age.  They just stay in zoo; they are not anti- poaching. They are just sitting inside the area and since 2006; we have never recruited any team.  We were actually given 400 officials in 2009 and they are the force operating currently,” Akoi laments.

He says they were once given some support by the Wildlife Society that promised to visit them again this year but failed. 

The Director however says the ministry of Wildlife and Tourism is extending their activities to the rural wildlife protected areas. These activities range from patrolling the areas to field assessment on wildlife population.

Akoi identified four migration routes where wildlife officials will be deployed to guard the migration of animals during the dry season in Jonglei state.

“We have four migration routes through which wild animals come during dry season to the river side.  These (routes) make us to put our forces there but at this time, we are patrolling, not stationing,” says Akoi.

“On 30th of this month, we will make our forces available in the area and one vehicle will supply them with food and medicines. These days, they will be going for two days’ visit and come back,” he adds.

According to Akoi, there are more animals in the zoo but their parents (mothers) have been killed by poachers.
“We shall not release them outside they are looking like domestic animals. They are just like cows.  All of them, their mothers were killed by the poachers long time ago”.

Last month, a lioness in the zoo was killed by unidentified disease. Jonglei State has the largest population of wildlife in South Sudan.  The wildlife species according to Akoi available at the Headquarters in Bor include: ‘sitatunga’, ostriches, tortoise, monkeys, crocodiles and white ear kops.

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