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World Lion Day - 10th August 2013: Saving the King of Beasts to save ourselves

Tuesday, 28 May 2013 Hits 20055 Categories Wildlife News | Big Cats

Guarding our temples, adorning our flags, decorating our coins and capturing our hearts, the lion is beyond doubt the world's most iconic species. On almost every continent, and in thousands of cultures, the lion can be found demonstrating man's fascination with this magnificent beast. Despite the lions' symbolic importance throughout the ages, today they are suffering from a silent extinction across Africa and India.


DRC: LRA Attack at Garamba National Park - African Parks report

Friday, 24 May 2013 Hits 7637 Categories In Focus

African Parks announced today that their park rangers in Garamba National Park in DRC had an armed encounter with a Lords' Resistance Army group on Saturday 18th May after being deployed to investigate a poached elephant that had been sighted in the park.


National Parks Agency of Gabon agrees to help improve the management of Central African Republic’s protected areas system

Tuesday, 21 May 2013 Hits 13932 Categories Wildlife News

National Parks Agency of Gabon agrees to help improve the management of Central African Republic’s protected areas system

Libreville – Upon arrival in Gabon on Wednesday, May 14, 2013, the President of the Central African Republic transition, SE Michel Djotodia was received by the President of Gabon, HE Ali Bongo Ondimba. Among other important issues discussed, including the important role of Gabonese troops in the regional peace keeping force, Michel Djotodia sought and obtained the support of Gabon to improve management of Central African Republic’s protected areas system, which is currently threatened by large-scale elephant poaching for ivory.


Dynamite fishing destroying fisheries and coral reefs along the Tanzanian coast

Thursday, 16 May 2013 Hits 13061 Categories Marine & Coastal

Tanzania is the only country in Africa where dynamite fishing still occurs on a large scale. This illegal practice is extremely destructive to the surrounding ecosystem, as the explosion often destroys the coral reef and local habitat that supports the fish.


South Africa: Proposed Central Escarpment Reserve - An alternative model of natural resource management

Thursday, 16 May 2013 Hits 22456 Categories Habitat News

South Africa: Proposed Central Escarpment Reserve - An alternative model of natural resource management

A consultative process was launced in May, 2013 to ask local residents and stakeholders for their support, questions, comments and advice with regards to the potential establishment of a large fenced reserve approximately 35km west of Nelspruit, Mpumalanga Province, South Africa.


UNESCO expresses deep concern over rise of armed violence and poaching in Dzanga-Sanga National Park, Central African Republic

Saturday, 11 May 2013 Hits 11730 Categories Elephants | In Focus | Ivory

The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, has expressed deep concern over the rise of armed violence, poaching and destruction in the Dzanga-Sanga National Park, in Central African Republic. The site is part of Sangha Trinational, inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List in 2012 and located in the north-western Congo Basin, at the meeting point between Cameroon, Congo and the Central African Republic.


Conservation film featuring the endangered Drill Monkey and the illegal bushmeat trade told from a local perspective

Thursday, 09 May 2013 Hits 6322 Categories Wildlife News | Bushmeat

Bioko Island, Equatorial Guinea – A little known species of primates called drills (Mandrillus leucophaeus poensis) are being hunted to extinction due to the illegal bushmeat trade of west/central Africa. They are one of the largest and most colorful species of monkeys in the world and are currently facing their toughest challenge to survival as their habitat is developed and shotgun hunting increases.


Kenya Wildlife Service requested to support a new Congo Brazzaville Agency for Fauna and Protected Areas

Thursday, 09 May 2013 Hits 2680 Categories Wildlife News

The Republic of Congo Brazzaville has sought Kenya's expertise in operationalizing and building the capacity of a newly established Congo Agency for Fauna and Protected Areas (CAFPA). The central African country would like Kenya Wildlife Service to build its new agency's capacity in resource mobilization, ecotourism projects, wildlife management and security and promotion of Congo as a tourism destination.


Major Anti-poaching Breakthrough at Odzala-Koua National Park, Republic of the Congo

Thursday, 09 May 2013 Hits 6099 Categories Wildlife News | In Focus | Ivory

African Parks Network is pleased to report that a major anti-poaching breakthrough has been made at Odzala-Kokoua National Park with the arrest of the kingpin of a regional ivory poaching and trafficking ring. The arrest of Ngondjo Ghislain, alias "Pépito", represents a coup for park manager Leon Lamprecht and his law enforcement team who have been working in extremely difficult circumstances to combat poaching in and around Odzala in recent months.


Potential Use of Oil from Wild Plants of the Albertine Rift, Kivu, Dr Congo

Tuesday, 30 April 2013 Hits 4484 Categories Forest

Potential Use of Oil from Wild Plants of the Albertine Rift, Kivu, Dr Congo

Many important plant species in Kahuzi-Biega National Park and surrounding areas in the Albertine Rift, Kivu Region, Democratic Republic of Congo, are threatened with extinction. Some of these plants are harvested and their oil extracted and used as medicines or as food. Most of theses plants have not been evaluated to determine their oil content and its characteristics.


Alarming reports that elephants are being slaughtered in the violence-ridden Central African Republic

Friday, 26 April 2013 Hits 4405 Categories Elephants | Ivory

WWF and WCS have received alarming reports from their field operations that elephants are being slaughtered in the violence-ridden Central African Republic (CAR), where new powers in place struggle to gain control over the situation. The conservation organizations are issuing today a joint call for immediate action.


Humans Passing Drug Resistance to Wildlife in Protected Areas in Africa

Thursday, 25 April 2013 Hits 3013 Categories Wildlife News

A team of Virginia Tech researchers has discovered that humans are passing antibiotic resistance to wildlife, especially in protected areas where numbers of humans are limited.


Goldman Prize for South African anti-fracking activist Jonathan Deal

Sunday, 21 April 2013 Hits 3541 Categories Fracking | In Focus

South African environmental campaigner Jonathan Deal was today awarded the Goldman Environmental Prize for his work in the fight against hydraulic fracturing in the Karoo. Each year, the Goldman Environmental Foundation selects grassroots activists from around the world to honour them for their work. With an individual cash prize of $150 000 (close on R1.5m), it is the largest award for grassroots environmental activism in the world.


New Map Sharpens View of African Ecosystems

Sunday, 14 April 2013 Hits 6707 Categories Habitat News

New Map Sharpens View of African Ecosystems

A team of African and North American scientists led by the U.S. Geological Survey and NatureServe, a conservation non-profit organization, has created a series of continent-wide ecosystem maps that offer the most detailed portrayals of Africa's natural setting yet produced. The new maps and related data on landforms, geology, bioclimates, and vegetation can be used across Africa for conservation planning and resource management, as well as for impact assessments of climate change and changes in land use, such as agriculture, deforestation, and urbanization.


No REDD in Africa Network: Africans Unite against New Form of Colonialism

Wednesday, 03 April 2013 Hits 7655 Categories Forest | Habitat News | Climate Change

Outraged by the rampant land grabs and neocolonialism of REDD (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest degradation), Africans at the World Social Forum in Tunisia took the historic decision to launch the No REDD in Africa Network and join the global movement against REDD.

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