Kerkebet — The inhabitants of various administrative areas in Kerkebet sub-zone stressed the need for establishing reserve areas so as to promote and preserve wildlife resource. They stated that the sub-zone is endowed with a variety of wildlife such as ostrich, gazelle, zebra and the like. They went on to say that although there exist rich wildlife resource in the sub-zone, the absence of safe haven for the wildlife is becoming an issue of concern. In this respect, the inhabitants urged the regional Administration and the Agriculture Ministry to work tirelessly to this end.
For the second time in the history of the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, we face the difficult task of sharing some devastating news with you. On Saturday, October 30th, in the early hours before dawn, a group of poachers came onto the Conservancy and killed one of our female black rhinos. Her horns were taken and the poachers managed to escape.
Nairobi — Before the Mau forestland rush, the dark- green rain forest was a showcase for the diversity of life. There was hardly a break in the canopy of giant trees, and virtually every acre was alive with all kinds of flora and fauna.
Then, in the mid-1980s came a horde of settlers, both legal and illegal, slashing and burning huge swathes of the forest to create land for farms and infrastructure. They came to enjoy a promised land, full of milk and honey, but in essence produced a trail of devastation.
Thursday, 16 September 2010
Categories Habitat News
Nairobi — Poaching and human wildlife conflict has declined at the world's famous Maasai Mara game reserve due to joint surveillance patrols between Kenya and Tanzania, a conservationist has said. According to the chief executive officer of Mara Conservancy Brian Heath, tourists have increased as a result of the move. The organisation is a private company that manages the Mara Triangle, which is the North Western part of the reserve on behalf of Trans Mara County Council.
Luanda — The Ministry of Environment will start charging licenses to tourism agents and firms that provide services at Kissama game reserve, on Thursday here announced the incumbent minister, Fátima Jardim. The minister said that she noticed on the spot that various firms have been making commercial exploration in the region, with highlight on tourism, but without the authorisation of this organ.
Keren — Wildlife and vegetation resources have begun to be restored in reserve areas of Anseba region, stated Mr. Andeberhan Woldeyohannes, head of the wildlife and forestry preservation unit in the region.
The alarm bells are ringing in the scientific world and conservation circles – Africa's wildlife inside National Parks and Game Reserves is in widespread decline and it has little to do with poaching or bad conservation management!
Wildlife Management Areas in Africa were created to serve a dual purpose. By granting local communities usage rights over wildlife in designated areas, African countries hoped both to allow communities to benefit from their wildlife while taking an active part in conservation. A new paper in published in the open access journal Tropical Conservation Science outlines the current problems facing WMAs, using Tanzania as an example, and recommends possible solutions.
Egypt wants visitors to discover its Mediterranean coast at a marine reserve being established near the border with Libya, the government said Tuesday. "The goal is to protect endangered species ... and encourage ecotourism in the reserve area, putting it on the global ecotourism map," Environment Minister Maged George said.
Nairobi — The 290 kilometre long and 32km wide Lake Turkana is the world's largest desert lake. It has 12 inflowing rivers (all seasonal except the Omo in Ethiopia that accounts for 90 per cent of all inflows) and no outlets. The two main seasonal rivers are the Turkwel and Kerio in Kenya. With a volume of 203.6 cubic kilometres, an inflow of 19 cubic kilometres per year is required to keep the lake levels steady.
Poachers struck at the Krugersdorp Game Reserve for the second time in the past three months. Illegal hunters killed two white rhino on Friday, which brings the number of deaths at the hands of poachers at the reserve to three in as many months. In the latest attack, poachers cut the horns from two rhino. Both animals bled to death, and police are investigating the possibility that the same poachers were behind both incidents.
In the vast arid plains and coastline of the Sperrgebiet region of Namibia and the lush forests of the Uluguru Mountains of Tanzania, nations took bold steps this year to protect ecosystems that are crucial to people and biodiversity.
The declaration of Sperrgebiet National Park in Namibia was a tremendous boon for the Succulent Karoo, one of just two desert biodiversity hotspots. The 2.6-million-hectare park remained virtually untouched for more than 100 years while under the control of mining companies who limited access. It is a refuge for nearly 25 percent of Namibia’s plant species.