Nearly 75,000 people have signed a petition started by the African Conservation Foundation to support the establishment of a Cross River gorilla reserve in Cameroon. People from around the world expressed their concerns about the protected status of these critically endangered great apes.
Malawi's first high profile campaign tackling wildlife crime was officially launched on Monday 3rd March, to coincide with World Wildlife Day. The global event was proclaimed by the United Nations to highlight the intrinsic value and contributions of wild animals and plants and encourage governments, NGO's and individuals to step up and help protect wildlife, in particular to ensure that international trade does not threaten endangered and protected species.
On 15th March a Global Protest March for Lions will take place in cities around the world. This MEMORANDUM OF PROTEST explains why. This document will be printed out and handed over by marchers in 55 cities.
Wednesday, 19 February 2014
Categories In Focus | Ivory
The President of the Republic of Chad, His Excellency Idriss Déby Itno, will destroy his country’s ivory stockpile this week – one of a range of elephant protection measures to be implemented as Chad takes the lead in the fight to protect Central Africa’s savannah elephants.
Malawi's experts gathered at Lilongwe Wildlife Centre last week ahead of the International Wildlife Trade Conference, hosted by the UK government in London on 13 February. The talks will bring together global leaders with the aim of eradicating illegal wildlife trade and better protecting the world’s most iconic species from the threat of extinction.
African Parks is delighted to announce that two lion cubs have been born in Liuwa Plain National Park in Zambia - the first birth of lion cubs in the park for well over 10 years. They were born three to four weeks ago to the protégé of the park's famous lioness, Lady Liuwa. The lioness has hidden her new cubs in thick bush making it difficult to take photographs, however park management has managed to view them.
(Nairobi, Kenya). A Kenyan grassroots initiative, 'Walk With Rangers' has spoken out against the controversial rhino auction held by the Dallas Safari Club that saw the highest bidder, one Mr. Corey Knowlton cough up a staggering $ 350,000 to hunt an endangered black rhino in Namibia.
Friday, 06 December 2013
GABORONE, Botswana -- Responding to the highest rate of elephant mortality in history, investor and philanthropist Paul G. Allen is advancing a major elephant conservation initiative in Africa to provide new information critical to the species' future survival. The Allen-led Great Elephant Census is the largest pan-Africa aerial survey since the 1970s and will be managed by the Botswana-based charitable organization Elephants Without Borders with $7 million in funding from Allen.
Today, the European Union has decided to support a programme that will improve the protection of elephants, great apes and rhinos in Africa as well as other species such as marine turtles in the Caribbean and the Pacific. It will strengthen the monitoring of animal populations and poaching, help to improve law enforcement in the fight against illegal killings through training and operational support and establish an emergency response system for sudden increases in illegal killing and trade.
The Ghana-Cote D'Ivoire Trans-boundary Project to establish a viable and sustainable trans-frontier conservation area was launched in Accra on Wednesday. The trans-frontier conservation area would link forest reserves and protected areas in and around Bia in Ghana and Diambarakro in Cote D'Ivoire. The three-year project also aims at ensuring free movements of animals, especially elephants, and would develop, test and promote best practices in cocoa agroforestry for the rehabilitation of degraded forest landscapes.
Friday, 25 October 2013
Categories Big Cats
Avaaz today welcomed the news that South Africa's High Court has ruled that Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) acted unconstitutionally when they censored Avaaz's advertising campaign at OR Tambo International Airport which called on President Zuma to stop the trade in lion bones.
Tuesday, 22 October 2013
Categories Great Apes
The Aspinall Foundation's reintroduction of western lowland gorillas to areas of Africa where they have been hunted to extinction appears to be working, according to a scientific study published today in the international conservation journal Oryx. Western lowland gorillas are classified by the World Conservation Union as Critically Endangered, based on a projected 80% decline in the wild over just three generations, ranking them alongside the most threatened species on the planet. Reintroduction of gorillas to protected areas from where they have previously been exterminated is still considered controversial, but a pioneering, long-term programme to do just that is starting to show it may be possible after all.
An estimated 9 600 forest elephants still reside in Odzala-Kokoua National Park in Republic of Congo, according to the results of a wildlife census commissioned by African Parks in 2012, but just released. Whilst higher than expected, this healthy number is believed to be a result of compression, with elephants fleeing highly poached areas outside the park and moving into the safety of the centre of Odzala.