Court procedure training improves poacher conviction rate in Tanzania

The Ruvuma Elephant Project (REP) works in a notorious ivory poaching hotspot around the wildlife corridor between Niassa National Reserve, Mozambique and Selous Game Reserve, Tanzania. Early in the project, court conviction rates of poachers were unsatisfactorily low. Since 2013, an annual training has been provided by members of the Judiciary to the game scouts and rangers on the legal aspects of anti-poaching, resulting in highly improved conviction rates.