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Monkeys in my Garden: Unbelievable but true stories of life in Mozambique

Monday, 15 July 2013 Hits 12438 Categories Wildlife News

Monkeys in my Garden: Unbelievable but true stories of life in Mozambique

Valery and O'D's experiences, in the Nhamacoa forest have made them aware of the terrible destruction that human activity is having on Southern Africa's indigenous forests. Soon, all these forests will be gone and then it won't only be rhinos, elephants and lions that have become extinct.


First film ever about newly discovered lions in montane rainforests of Ethiopia

Tuesday, 09 July 2013 Hits 6987 Categories Big Cats

First film ever about newly discovered lions in montane rainforests of Ethiopia

Although African lions are 'King of the Jungle' they are actually never seen in rainforests, but recent photographs have revealed a population of lions living in the high forests of Ethiopia. For the first time our documentary EXPEDITION JUNGLE LION will film these secretive lions so we can discover more about them. With your help it can also raise awareness of these rare lions and help protect them from the bullet.


WWF Congo condemns oil exploration licence for SOCO International in Virunga National Park

Tuesday, 09 July 2013 Hits 5066 Categories Virunga | Great Apes

The Word Wildlife Fund (WWF) calls on the Congolese government to enforce laws that prohibit the oil exploitation in protected areas. René Ngongo, WWF coordinator in the DRC, denounced the license for the exploitation of oil in Virunga National Park, which was awarded to the British company SOCO International.


Shocking new footage of Namibia seal hunt

Sunday, 07 July 2013 Hits 6772 Categories Wildlife News | In Focus

Earthrace Conservation today released graphic footage captured by covert filming of the annual seal massacre on one of Namibia's highest security beaches, Atlas Bay, a lucrative diamond mining area. The footage shows dozens of seal pups being driven across the beach to be clubbed to death by a team wielding pick axe handles before their carcasses are loaded into a pick-up truck for disposal.


New Report Finds Captive Lion Reintroduction Programs in Africa Operate Under 'Conservation Myth'

Sunday, 07 July 2013 Hits 3744 Categories Big Cats

A new report published in the international conservation journal Oryx concludes that commercial 'wildlife encounter' operations across Africa promoting the reintroduction of captive lions do little to further the conservation of African lions in the wild.


'Hanging On' - Niki Firmin Creates Art Work to Support Creation of New Cross River Gorilla Reserves

Monday, 01 July 2013 Hits 4619 Categories Wildlife News | ACF News

The African Conservation Foundation is delighted to announce a new collaboration with the UK's foremost biro artist Niki Firmin and the release of a new Cross River Gorilla portrait; an intimate image which capture the essence of a young baby gorilla in her signature style. The painting is called 'Hanging On' referring to the young gorilla hanging on to its mother, and to survival.


New Conservation Complex Will Protect Critically Endangered Cross River Gorillas in the Cameroon Highlands

Monday, 24 June 2013 Hits 9673 Categories Great Apes | Wildlife News

In Cameroon, populations of Cross River gorillas can be found in the Lebialem Highlands: a biodiversity hotspot in one of the wettest places on earth. A new cluster of protected areas will protect Cross River Gorillas and an important watershed for the benefit of all Cameroonians.


Economics of Trophy Hunting in Africa Are Overrated and Overstated

Wednesday, 19 June 2013 Hits 3482 Categories Big Cats

A new report released today analyzes literature on the economics of trophy hunting and reveals that African countries and rural communities derive very little benefit from trophy hunting revenue. The study, authored by Economists at Large—commissioned by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), The Humane Society of the United States, Humane Society International and Born Free USA/Born Free Foundation—comes amid consideration to grant the African lion protection under the U.S. Endangered Species Act (ESA)


South African Fisheries win major victory against lobster poaching syndicate

Wednesday, 19 June 2013 Hits 5553 Categories In Focus

The Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF), Ms Tina Joemat-Pettersson, has welcomed a New York court decision to pay South Africa approximately R294 million following unlawful harvesting of South African fish by a syndicate. On Friday 14 June 2013, the United States Court ordered that Arnold Bengis, Jeffrey Noll and David Bengis pay restitution of nearly USD 22.5 million, approximately R294 million to South Africa following extensive, unlawful harvesting of south and west coast rock lobster in South African waters.


Baka People Threatened by Extractive Mining in the Congo Basin

Friday, 14 June 2013 Hits 9416 Categories Mining | In Focus

Sitting at his desk with the national flag of Cameroon carefully in view, Noel Ebang Urbain, Secretary General, Ministry of Mines in Cameroon talks passionately about an iron ore extraction project. "Nature has given us the resources to be exploited in the interests of the state, in the interest of citizens, in the interest of all". A documentary film "Heart of Iron: Mining in the Congo Basin Rainforest" premiered May 28, 2013 after the World Bank and the World Wildlife Foundation (WWF) signed an Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to formalize their collaboration to increase their effectiveness and impact with an emphasis on sustainability in the Tridom area of the Congo Basin area.


German Parliament Opposes Oil Drilling Plans in Congolese Conservation Areas

Friday, 14 June 2013 Hits 3305 Categories Virunga | In Focus

The Christian Democratic Union of Germany (CDU) and the Free Democratic Party (FDP) in Germany want to prevent the destruction of Congolese Natural Heritage Sites. The illegal exploitation of resources, particularly in eastern Congo - one of the main sources of violence against man and nature, according to the motion - was for the first time on the Bundestag plenary agenda.


Liberia: Sapo Conservation Center Launched

Thursday, 13 June 2013 Hits 8285 Categories Habitat News

Liberia is steadily progressing towards a scientific and conservation research at the Sapo National Park in Jalay's Town, Upper Juarzon Statutory District Sinoe County. The Sapo Conservation Center (SCC) is created to train Liberian Forestry students and professionals in biodiversity conservation and research to facilitate access to Liberia's biodiversity for national and international researchers.


Post-war in Mali: Elephant conservation requires united communities

Wednesday, 12 June 2013 Hits 11125 Categories Elephants

Why is an organization concerned with elephant conservation convening a national workshop on reconciliation, aid and reconstruction? In short, it is because sustainable elephant conservation requires wise and equitable environmental management, and such environmental management requires united communities. By contrast, in post-conflict central Mali, the Gourma Region, communities are divided, bitterly riven by the trauma of trying to cope with the onslaught of brutal external forces – such as the arrival of foreign Islamist insurgents, the rise of drug trafficking across the Sahara, the return of mercenaries from Libya - in a time of complete lawlessness.


Kony’s Ivory: Report Documents New Evidence of Elephant Poaching by Lord's Resistance Army

Tuesday, 04 June 2013 Hits 16937 Categories Elephants | Ivory

Human rights groups released a multimedia report and video documenting new evidence that the Lord's Resistance Army, or LRA, has turned to elephant poaching as a means to fuel its atrocities. "Kony's Ivory," co-authored by the Enough Project and the Satellite Sentinel Project, or SSP, and co-produced by Invisible Children and The Resolve, combines photos and satellite imagery of an abandoned LRA camp in Congo's Garamba National Park with eyewitness reports that LRA fighters rendezvous with helicopters to trade ivory for arms, ammunition, and food.


Critically Endangered Roloway Monkey Returns Home To Ghana

Wednesday, 29 May 2013 Hits 15753 Categories Wildlife News

Fergus, a seven-year old male Roloway monkey, is expected to arrive at the Kotoka International Airport in Accra today, the Wildlife Division of the Forestry Commission in Ghana has announced. The Roloway monkey, which is currently at La Vallee de Singles, in France, was once a common species in Ghana, but is now nearly extinct with only a few small populations left in the wild in Western Ghana and La Cote d'Ivoire.

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