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Tanzanian tourism industry takes lesson in Australia

A delegation of officials from the Tanzanian tourism industry has visited Australia to study how the country's renowned breeding programmes have helped to preserve captive species, many of which are indigenous to Tanzania.
03 July 2012
Several of Australia's zoos have internationally respected and renowned breeding programmes which have helped struggling species to recover while avoiding inbreeding, many of which are funded in large parts by tourism revenues.

Tanzania is one of the most diverse countries in the world, containing much of the Serengeti Plain, but its tourism industry struggles against the mining and construction industries while maintaining its animal populations is proving to be a struggle.

In order to learn better ways to combat these and improve both the country's tourism industry and wildlife populations, 12 members of Tanzania's, government, conservation and tourism industry officials have travelled to one of the largest natural wildlife reserves in the world, the Monarto Zoo in South Australia, to study the ecological efforts of the experts.

"Something which is always feared for is inbreeding," said Ezekiel Dembe from Tanzanian National Parks. "We need to learn how inbreeding is controlled so that these animals can continue maintaining their species."

Monarto Zoo, located just an hour east of Adelaide, is home to the largest giraffe herd in Australia as well as a white rhino habitat and a drive though cheetah enclosure.

While Tanzania might be an incredibly diverse country, Australia is one of only 17 megadiverse countries in the world and is home to many world famous and exotic species as well as those in the world famous zoos. To see some of the best wildlife in the world, you'll need an Australian Travel Visa. The most popular of these is the ETA Visa, because it can be easily and quickly applied for online.