Boma - The United States Government inaugurated the Boma National Park Headquarters in South Sudan's Jonglei State, drawing attention to the important role that the establishment of protected area management and local governance infrastructure can play in contributing to security, stability, eco-tourism and economic growth, especially in the more isolated regions of South Sudan.
South Africa's Kruger National Park has reopened its gates and is mostly back to normal after last week's floods, which saw park officials having to evacuate 60 tourists who were stranded while out on safari drives. In a statement issued on Monday, South African National Parks (SANParks) said that all gates to the park were now open, as well as almost all tarred roads within the park, and that most of the park's safari camps were open and operational.
Wednesday, 04 January 2012
Categories Habitat News
Majete Wildlife Reserve - Antelope, elephants, leopards and lions are grazing and reproducing again in a reserve in Malawi, resurrected through a repopulation project of biblical proportions. In only eight years, South African NGO African Parks Network reintroduced over 2 500 animals in the sprawling Majete Wildlife Reserve next to the Shire, the main river in the landlocked southern African nation.
A new three-year intervention to rehabilitate the Northern Mau Forest at the cost of Euro €2.3 million is set to deliver multiple benefits for Kenya and the region. These range from the restoration of vital water catchments and the establishment of payments for environmental services; to improving the livelihoods of local communities and monitoring carbon storage in the Mau Forest.
Luanda — The rehabilitation and conservation project of Iona nature reserve, in Namibe Province, will be launched on Wednesday, in Luanda, by the minister of Environment, Fátima Jardim. The project will be launched under the visit to Angola of the mission of support to programmes and environment projects that will exchange synergies with the environment sector, with highlight on the climate and biodiversity changes.
Action for the Wild, Colchester Zoo's charity, is thrilled to report on the release of several antelope species at the Umphafa Private Nature Reserve in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. In total 7 impala, 21 red hartebeest and 22 blue wildebeest were introduced to the reserve in April and have settled in very well. It is hoped that the introduction will increase the future breeding populations of antelope species at the reserve. Antelope are important for providing a prey base for carnivorous species, like the cheetah, but are threatened by the spread of human settlements, increased farming practices and increased demand for meat.
In order to gain insight of the ecology of Burunge Wildlife Management Area and learn about its cultural, natural and historic values, it has been felt vital to establish a tourist or visitor centre where tourists can get interpretive information of available resources and heritage. The centre will strive to boost revenue for local communities of ten villages of Mbugwe Division in Babati District, Manyara Region.
Wildlife in the Mara has reduced by over 70% in the last 30 years and the drop is continuing. This is according to the latest research published in the Journal of Zoology. However, the number of cattle grazing in the reserve has increased by more than 1100% per cent, although it is illegal for them to so do.
Human activities within the Mara River basin have reached such proportions that they are now putting the world's greatest annual wildlife migration across East African plains under threat. The annual loop of two million wildebeests and other wildlife across Tanzania's legendary Serengeti National Park and Kenya's renowned Maasai Mara is a key tourist lure, generating millions of dollars annually.
Luanda — The Angolan environment conservation areas currently at 6,6 percent will expand to 18 percent until 2017, Angop learned Thursday in Luanda. The information was released by the minister of Environment, Fátima Jardim. The minister explained that this will be possible through the creation of new national parks in the provinces of Cabinda (north) and Kuando Kubando (south-east), in addition to other green zones.
CHAMELEONS, snakes, geckos and lizards from the dunebelt between Swakopmund and Walvis Bay are allegedly "disappearing", and environmental authorities and tourist operators are suspecting that this could be due to the malicious operations of a "reptile smuggling syndicate".
A huge fire that broke out on Wednesday evening at the Lake Nakuru National Park had not been put out by yesterday. Rift Valley Provincial Commissioner Osman Warfa said the inferno had destroyed vegetation in more than 650 acres of the parkland consuming vegetation and parts of Europhobia forest.
Strong winds fanned the blaze making it to spread fast to the eastern side of the world renowned bird sanctuary. The Kenya Wildlife Service wardens and the Kenya army soldiers were yesterday battling to put out the fire.
The City of Cape Town is in the process of proclaiming 17 sites with unique and critical biodiversity as Contract Nature Reserves under the Protected Areas Act. The majority of these areas have been historically managed as nature reserves by the City.
Nairobi — Dodori National Reserve in Lamu is at the centre of a storm over the management of wildlife. Reserve resources have remained untapped since its creation 40 years ago. Now the proposed second port in Lamu has added a twist to the debate as the multi-billion project is expected to open up areas that were hitherto protected.
Luanda — The reinforcement of patrolling in national parks by guards from these institutions, in collaboration with the Police and the Armed Forces, has enabled over the last six months the reduction of big game, a source with the sector has announced. The head of the department of conservation of the Ministry of Environment, Joaquim Manuel, has said.