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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tuesday, 30 April 2013
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.