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South Sudan: U.S. Government Inaugurates National Park Headquarters in Pristine Wildlife Area of Nation

Friday, 09 March 2012 Hits 12316 Categories Habitat News

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: Kruger Park Back in Action After Floods

Tuesday, 24 January 2012 Hits 2211 Categories Habitat News

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.


Malawi reserve resurrected by project

Wednesday, 04 January 2012 Hits 2057 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.


Kenya: Mau Ecosystem Rehabilitation Gains Momentum with Donor Support and UN Backing

Tuesday, 29 November 2011 Hits 2426 Categories Forest | Habitat News

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.


Angola: Iona Nature Reserve Rehabilitation Project Starts Wednesday

Tuesday, 26 July 2011 Hits 12273 Categories Habitat News

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.


Antelope species released onto Colchester Zoo’s South African Private Nature Reserve

Monday, 06 June 2011 Hits 2620 Categories Wildlife News | Habitat News

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.


Tanzania: Tourist Centre Gives Wildlife Area New Value

Saturday, 04 June 2011 Hits 2238 Categories Habitat News

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.


Kenya: Mara Wildlife Numbers Down 70 Percent

Tuesday, 31 May 2011 Hits 12978 Categories Wildlife News | Habitat News

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.


East Africa: Drying Mara River threatens wildlife migration

Sunday, 22 May 2011 Hits 3946 Categories Wildlife News | Habitat News

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.


Angola: Conservation Areas to Reach 18 Percent in 2017

Friday, 22 April 2011 Hits 12764 Categories Habitat News

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.


Namibia: Desert Reptile Smuggling Syndicate Alert

Tuesday, 12 April 2011 Hits 3342 Categories Wildlife News | Habitat News

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".


Kenya: Fire Consumes 650 Acres of Lake Nakuru National Park

Friday, 25 February 2011 Hits 2898 Categories Habitat News

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.


South Africa: Proclamation of the Cape Town’s Nature Reserves to Ensure Protection in Perpetuity

Monday, 31 January 2011 Hits 4705 Categories Habitat News

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.


Kenya: Reserve At Risk As Investors Eye Lamu

Monday, 24 January 2011 Hits 2789 Categories Habitat News

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.


Angola: Big Hunts at Nature Reserves Forbidden

Friday, 14 January 2011 Hits 2497 Categories Wildlife News | Habitat News

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.

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