“Edward O. Wilson is one of the most celebrated scientists in the United States, a world-renowned biologist and two-time Pulitzer Prize–winner. In his new book, A Window on Eternity: A Biologist’s Walk through Gorongosa National Park, Wilson shows why biodiversity is vital to the future of the Earth and to our own species through the story of Gorongosa National Park,which is located in Mozambique and is among the most diverse places on earth."
Carcasses of three elephants stripped of their tusks, probably poisoned, were recently discovered in Virunga National Park in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), a local NGO announced on Tuesday. "All the remains of the poached elephants have the same characteristics: they are mutilated and their tusks are removed, but they bear no sign of bullets. Near the elephants fieldworkers of IDPE found 10 bodies of vultures, which had no impact of bullets either."
NAIROBI, Kenya - Africa is losing wildlife at an unprecedented rate. The latest government figures illustrate that Kenya lost over 1,000 elephants in 2012, whilst Tanzanian official figures stood at a shocking 10,000. Lions were not spared either; with an estimated loss of over 120 lions in Tanzania and over 50 lions in Kenya due to poisoning and through various causes. “Our wildlife is officially on the edge of extinction. We can no longer afford to allow this scale of slaughter to continue as we go about our daily lives. If we do, we will have failed to protect our natural inheritance for generations to come; robbed it of vital resources and left a blank future devoid of natural splendor.” Says Raabia Hawa, founder of the ‘Walk with Rangers’ initiative.
In African savannas, when the large animals are away, the mice — and snakes, fleas and ticks — will play. A new study published today in the journal Bioscience summarizes evidence that the loss of large mammals has cryptic consequences for African savannas and the people and animals that depend on them.
Political and military elites are seizing protected areas in Zimbabwe, including land in the Kanondo area near Hwange National Park. The area is home to the Presidential Elephant herd, which are now no longer protected against illegal hunting.
IUCN and10 civil society groups announce the launch of Enanga, an online platform sharing photo and video testimonies from across Democratic Republic of Congo, Burundi, Rwanda and Uganda on the problems and promises of natural resources. Enanga (www.enanga.org) combines community perspectives captured in photo and video documentaries with expert analysis to foster accountable and participative natural resource management solutions.
South Africa’s largest rhino farmer and pro-trade protagonist, John Hume, experienced a major setback in the past two months on his farm Elandslaagte because of an outbreak of blackquarter among his 1000 rhinos, which killed 35 of them.
An association of tour guides and community members at the Analamazaotra Forest Station, a protected area of rainforest about 150km east of Madagascar’s capital, Antananarivo, has embarked on an ambitious reforestation project that is educating local people about the value of preserving the forest as well as generating an income for 400 nearby households.
The outbreak of the Ebola virus in West Africa has prompted countries such as Cote d’Ivoire to issue bans on consuming bushmeat – including chimpanzees and other primates – in an effort to isolate the deadly disease. The haemorrhagic fever has already claimed over 135 lives in the latest outbreak.
Soil damage caused by 4x4 vehicles is an underestimated impact of tourism. It can cause long term – between 5 and 1000 years – damage, mostly irreversible. Due to this negative environmental impact, vehicles should not be allowed to do off-road driving in protected areas. Strict legal measures should be applied to regulate 4x4 use in such areas, while very sensitive areas such as wetland areas should be classified as absolute no-go areas.
Within a month of the official launch of Malawi's 'Stop Wildlife Crime' campaign, several new cases of illegal ivory trafficking have come to light. On Sunday 23rd March, 30 kg of ivory bound for Lagos was intercepted at Kamuzu International Airport and were traced to a 38 year old Nigerian national, Nduisi Nwude. Whilst the ivory was confiscated the man escaped from the airport and is still at large. On 7 April, however, airport authorities were more successful. A Malawian national, Michael Kingsley Phiri who was a Clinical Officer at Kamuzu Central Hospital, was arrested at the same airport with 80kg of ivory.
Lilongwe Wildlife Trust is proud to announce the launch of its Wildlife Emergency Response Service, supporting wild animals in distress around Malawi. The mobile veterinary unit will work principally in and around national parks and other protected areas and will be able to respond to emergencies as well as offer other support services such veterinary disease screening and environmental education services on human-wildlife conflict resolution.
The film "Virunga National Park: Oil, Conservation and Sustainable Development" highlights the value of the park and the current challenges it faces. Oil developments planned in Block V have the potential to affect negatively the livelihoods of millions of people as well as the long-term survival of the park.
On the 15th March 2014, people across the globe are marching for Lions. The aim of the march is to raise awareness about the South African “canned hunting” industry. Canned hunting is a practice that is legal in South Africa, where lions get bred in captivity, hand reared for use in the cub petting industry, then when these tame lions are big enough, shot in an enclosure often drugged, for a large sum of money.