In 1934 a flourishing hunting industry had existed for over 40 years in East Africa.
Professional hunters from Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda recognized the need to form
a body to establish and maintain standards of conduct and a code of ethics.
On the 12th of April 1934 these professional hunters met in Nairobi at the Norfolk
Hotel and formed the East African Professional Hunters Association (EAPHA)
At that time, The EAPHA became involved in the licensing system of professional hunters
and one could not obtain a license to hunt in East Africa without being reviewed
and approved by a joint panel of examiners compiled of the Wildlife Division (WD)
and members of the EAPHA. This was considered necessary as the EAPHA was conversant
with the duties and requirements of professional hunting.
In the 1960’s, after each of the East African countries achieved independence and
drifted apart in political ideology, the Tanzanian Wildlife Division called for the
formation of the Tanzanian Professional Hunters Association (TPHA). On the 28th of
April 1966 the TPHA was established and worked independently of the EAPHA, which
continued with its mandate in Kenya and Uganda.
TPHA continues to work with the same focus as EAPHA, and is committed to elevating
the competence, professionalism and the standard of ethics of all Tanzanian professional
Our members have attained necessary levels of competence, skill and ethics required
for the responsibility of a professional hunter. We stand together with pride, and
not only distance ourselves, but standup against those who threaten our profession
and wildlife with their unethical and unprofessional conduct.
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