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.
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.
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.
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.
A recent study conducted on lion hunting behaviour suggests there is gender equality despite being a strongly sexually dimorphic species. The results help to redefine the long held belief that lionesses do most of the hunting while their male counterparts stay close to the pride. They are, in fact, equally successful hunters, using vastly different predation strategies.
A male Cross River Gorilla has been shot earlier this month in the Lebialem Highlands near Pinyin in the Santa Sub Division of North West Cameroon. The presence of this silverback gorilla was reported by a local teacher who was going to her farm very early in the morning on March 1st 2013 at about 1 km away from the village. Pinyin is about 33 km from the proposed Tofala Hill Wildlife Sanctuary.
Protecting a dwindling species, increasing income for a poor community and raising awareness for environmental issues – these are the ambitious objectives of a proposed Indian Ocean Sea Park near Mombasa, Kenya. Will a marine enclosure designed to keep whale sharks inside attract tourists and benefit this endangered species?
Countries of the Congo Basin now face a new threat to biodiversity. Crimes across national borders within the Central African Forest Commission (COMIFAC) are seriously undermining conservation efforts, creating the necessity to merge vital economic growth with social and environmental considerations.
Claudine André, President of Les Amis des Bonobos du Congo (ABC) and Founding Director of Lola ya Bonobo, the world’s only sanctuary for the endangered bonobo, will be honored with a $50,000 prize from the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium at their first-ever Commitment to Conservation Award ceremony in Columbus Ohio, on April 6th 2012. The ceremony in April will launch the biennial event. Recipients of the award are long-term partners of the Zoo who receive support for their work through the Zoo’s Conservation Fund. The award is made possible through proceeds from the Zoo’s annual Wine for Wildlife event.
Bangkok, Thailand - A critical wildlife trade meeting closed Thursday with decisions from world governments to regulate the international trade in several species of sharks and timber, and to start taking action against countries doing little or nothing to stop the illegal ivory and rhino horn trades.
The Great Apes Survival Partnership (GRASP) today launched the GRASP – Ian Redmond Conservation Award, seeking to inspire a new wave of Africans and Asians dedicated to the long-term survival of great apes and their habitat. The award was introduced at the CITES XVI Convention in Bangkok, Thailand.
For rural, young men in Mali, elephant conservation is proving more attractive than being recruited by the Jihadi's , and is reducing conflict along the way. The escalating conflict in Mali poses a real threat to the Gourma Elephants. The Mali Elephant Project is finding that adapting its methods to respond to the challenges, and the perspectives of the local people, has led to new, creative activities.