Protecting forests (Lyamba lya Mfipa) guard critical habitat for species so that they can thrive in nature, unimpacted by human disturbance.
In the late 20th century, the villages along Lyamba lya Mfipa faced significant challenges due to increasing population and human activities. As a result, wildlife sightings dwindled, leaving behind only monkeys, hyenas, rabbits and Chendelela (in Fipa). Environmental degradation ensued as charcoal production and livestock rearing rapidly expanded, causing a decline in larger wildlife populations. Lions, buffaloes, elephants, antelopes, and leopards, which once flourished, became rare sights.
Over the years, concerted efforts towards environmental conservation and wildlife protection, particularly in the nearby Lwafi game reserve, and along, Lyamba lya mfipa forest, villages forest and water sources have yielded promising results. The animals that once roamed freely are gradually returning. In 2020, a majestic elephant graced the village from Lwafi game reserve, reminiscent of similar encounters in 1997. Elephants and buffaloes continue to traverse their established routes, passing through China village, Isale, Katani, Churu River, Milundikwa, Kisula, and Malongwe. These natural corridors, such as the Mizombo forest and the Nkomolo and Muze rivers, serve as vital pathways for wildlife, fostering their return to Nkomolo II village.
Amid hopes for more rainfall, villagers anticipate an increase in buffalo presence and their integration into village life. The recent protection efforts in Lwafi reserve, Lyamba lya mfipa forest, villages forests, water sources have contributed to wildlife resurgence, prompting migration in search of better pasture. The presence of elephants and buffaloes near river Churu serves as a reminder of their harmonious coexistence with the natural landscape.
While welcoming the return of wildlife, the villagers recognize the importance of coexisting harmoniously with these majestic creatures. A newfound understanding of their behaviors and preferences allows villagers to navigate encounters with respect and caution. The village's unique history, intertwined with wildlife, carries with it invaluable lessons on preservation and responsible stewardship.
As the wildlife reclaims its place in the landscape, the villagers eagerly embrace this shared journey towards a sustainable and thriving future, celebrating the return of what was once lost. The wisdom of the elders, the resilience of the ecosystem, and the careful nurturing of the environment converge to create a hopeful and promising outlook for Nkomolo II village”.