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.
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.
RUMANGABO, DR Congo -- After almost twenty years of armed conflict in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Virunga National Park today released the details of a 10-year plan to re-invigorate the local economy and create tens of thousands of new jobs as a peace-building initiative in the conflict affected areas of eastern Congo. The plan, referred to as "the Virunga Alliance" will vastly increase the availability of clean energy for rural communities through large scale investment in a network of off-grid hydro-electric plants and associated agro-industrial development.
World Wide Fund for Nature - UK (WWF-UK) filed a complaint with the UK government today. The complaint concerns SOCO International's failure to seek to prevent human rights abuses and carry out comprehensive human rights and environmental studies for its proposed oil exploration in Virunga National Park, Democratic Republic of Congo, in violation of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development's Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises (OECD Guidelines).
Côte d'Ivoire national football team star and captain of Manchester City FC, Yaya Toure and footballers at a World Cup qualifier match between Cote d'Ivoire and Morocco, will make a strong statement against the illegal killings of elephants in Africa on Saturday - in support of global efforts to stop the illegal trade in wildlife, championed by the United Nations and partners.
From acclaimed author and renowned journalist Deni Béchard, Empty Hands, Open Arms is a poignant first-hand account of the work of a small NGO, The Bonobo Conservation Initiative (BCI), and their efforts to save the last living bonobos and the Congolese rainforest they call home is altogether environmental, political, historical, and anthropological—what Kirkus Reviews' deems "a rich, complex account."
The population of the critically endangered large primate known as the drill (Mandrillus leucophaeus) has been largely reduced to a few critical habitat areas in Cameroon, according to a recently published study by researchers with the San Diego Zoo's Institute for Conservation Research. The study highlights the challenges faced by this species as its living area becomes ever more fragmented by human disturbance. In addition, the report directs conservation efforts towards key areas where the populations continue to survive and thrive.
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.
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.
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.
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.