THREE cheetahs known as the Chipmunks, which were released into the wild in the South, have been shot dead. This is one of the downsides of conservation, according to Dr Rudi van Vuuren, the director of the N/a'an ku se Foundation, who was responsible for their release.
After months of intense lobbying, the Unesco World Heritage Committee has finally granted Tanzania's request to hive off part of Selous Game Reserve to allow mining of uranium in one of the largest remaining wildernesses in Africa.
Monday's decision comes as a great relief to the government, whose plan to alter the boundaries of Selous met strong opposition from environmentalists on the grounds that mining in the World Heritage Site would have disastrous consequences.They argued that mining of uranium had caused devastating environmental and health damage wherever it had been done.
Hello my name is Moses and I am a baby elephant. I have no mum and I need your help, this is my story. Three months ago my mum was murdered for her two teeth. I watched mum being killed and in sheer terror I landed up in the South Rukuru river at Vwaza. I screamed and cried, yes elephant cry real tears when we grieve, I spent two days in the river, and sometimes my feet did not touch the ground. I was freezing, exhausted, distraught, starving and thought I too would die.
"From the facts placed before me I do not have adequate and sufficient grounds in law and fact to recommend to the Namibian government to stop the annual seal harvest. I trust my Report with its findings and recommendations will ensure better compliance with domestic legislation, international agreements to which Namibia is a party and ensure a seal harvest more humane than that of slaughtering of cattle in abattoirs."
LAMU, Kenya - There are seven species of sea turtle in the world - all of which are either critically endangered or threatened. Two of them, the Green and Hawksbill, are found in the Lamu archipelago of Kenya. To assist in their preservation, the Lamu Marine Conservation Trust (LAMCOT) has implemented a successful sea turtle tag-and-release incentive program. It is also educating locals and foreigners on the value of environmental consciousness.
The controversial Lamu port case has been referred to the Chief Justice. This follows an application by lobby groups, civil societies and the local communities to have the multi-billion project halted on grounds that there were no consultations and stakeholders stand to lose. Malindi High Court judge Lady Justice Christine Meoli yesterday directed the matter be placed urgently before Chief Justice Willy Mutunga for the purpose of empanelling a three judge bench or more for the matter to proceed.
Early in the morning on Sunday, Simba rebels (Mai Mai) attacked the Institute in Congo for the Conservation of Nature (ICCN) and headquarters for the Okapi Wildlife Reserve near the village of Epulu in the northeastern area of the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Further to the release sent out on 7 June, we are pleased to report that the security situation at Garamba has stabilised with the assistance of Congo military (FARDC) and UN special forces (MONUSCO) who have temporarily moved into the park. As a result of the resulting increase in patrolling, we believe that LRA operatives have probably been driven out of the park.
AMIBIA'S Ombudsman, John Walters has proposed a host of changes to the regulations governing culling in Namibia, although he endorses the practice.
After a lot of complaints from seal rights activists, particularly Seal-Alert SA, Walters called a stakeholders meeting in Namibia last year, to which the South African based Seal-Alert was also invited, as well as the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources, where divergent views about seal culling in Namibia was exchanged.
To people who rejoice with consuming healthy food, water melons are of high nutritional value. Likewise in the wild water melons and pumpkins are delicacies to some wild animals especially elephants. The problem now is that poachers are using both to lure and deplete elephants. A water melon laced with poison is capable of killing an elephant within minutes.
INTERPOL's largest ever transnational operation targeting criminal organizations behind the illegal trafficking of ivory has resulted in more than 200 arrests and the seizure of nearly two tonnes of contraband elephant ivory.
The stress of human encroachment on ape habitats is leading to ape communities self-medicating themselves with leaves in attempts to make themselves healthy. Scientists have long been aware than chimpanzees use plant leaves to purge intestinal worms from their body - but researchers in Bulindi, Uganda, have noted that now the chimps, stressed by humans, are swallowing more and more leaves, with little benefit to their health.
Six lions were killed on the outskirts of Nairobi, Kenya, after having ventured outside a national park, according to the Kenyan Wildlife Service. Residents of the Oloika area in Kitengela, Kajiado County, southeast of Nairobi, speared the animals – two adults, two adolescents and two cubs -- to death in retaliation for having killed four goats during the night.
On Saturday, Rwandans were joined the rest of the global community, including members of the diplomatic corps and foreign dignitaries, at the annual Kwita Izina event in Musanze District. Despite the extremely cold temperatures at the foot of Virunga Mountains in Kinigi, the colourful ceremony ended with 19 baby gorillas, including a set of twins and one female adult being named. So far, 141 Gorillas have been named since 2005.
TANZANIA'S National Parks, Game Reserves and other forms of Natural Resources have frequently been described as 'Gardens of Eden' due to their abundant wildlife species. And sure enough, like the legendary Eden, the local Game Parks, especially those located within the Northern Zone's Tourism circuit are facing serious threats from some types of fruits being served to the animals by illegal hunters.