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Tanzania gets $5.5m funding for wildlife conservation

Wildlife enthusiasts who are considering booking safari holidays in Tanzania may welcome news that a major investment has been made in the country's conservation efforts.

The Jane Goodall Institute announced that it has been awarded a grant of more than $5.5 million (£3.4 million) from the US Agency for International Development to expand its efforts in the east African nation.

Dr Jane Goodall, who founded the organisation and is also a UN messenger of peace, said she was honoured to receive the funding, which will help chimpanzees and other endangered species in Tanzania.

She explained that helping local villagers would "enable them to become our partners in protecting valuable ecosystems".

"The award speaks to the professionalism and dedication of our Tanzanian team on the ground," she added.

Travellers who are keen to experience Tanzania's diverse wildlife may wish to consider one of The Adventure Company's Rift Valley Safari holidays, which take in the famous Serengeti National Park.

If this article sparks your imagination then have a look at our safari holidays or our Tanzania holidays page