Maasai fury as plan to lure Arabian Gulf tourists threatens their ancestral land

A battle has erupted in Tanzania over the future of 30,000 Maasai people who claim the expansion of a big-game hunting reserve for foreigners will lead to their eviction from ancestral lands. Tanzania’s ministry of tourism announced this week that it will set aside 1,500 square kilometres bordering the Serengeti national park for a “wildlife corridor”. The Maasai will as[…]

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U.N. Recognises Wildlife Trafficking as “Serious Crime”

WASHINGTON, Apr 29 2013 (IPS) – Environment groups are applauding a new United Nations decision to officially characterise international wildlife and timber trafficking as a serious organised crime, in a move that advocates say will finally give international law enforcement officials the tools necessary to counter spiking rates of poaching. click here to read the full article from Inter Press Service[…]

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China commits billions in aid to Africa as part of charm offensive

A story in today’s Guardian newspaper (UK) reveals that the Chinese government has backed 1,700 projects on continent since 2000 in apparent attempt to win favour. The country’s financial commitments are significantly larger than previous estimates. click here to read the article Chinese interest in Africa is certainly growing with China Central Television (CCTV) -love the acronym- showing live coverage[…]

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#PHOTO TIP – Essential Tips for Wildlife Photography – the 5 ‘P’s

Practice, Preparation, Position, Patience, Pizazz Of course there are lot more than 5 great tips for improving your wildlife photography skills but if you can get a grip on these 5 you will be well on your way. Practice It really is that simple; practice. The more you use your camera and lenses the more familiar you will become with[…]

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Kenya: Mr President, It’s Going to Take More Than Speeches to Save Elephants

This is a terrific article from Paula that perfectly illustrates the frustrations felt by all those working to stop the poaching of Afrca’s wildlife. Environmentalist PAULA KAHUMBU narrates her experiences when she attended the hearing of two ivory cases in Makadara court, Nairobi, on April 19 Paula Kahumbu is the Executive Director of WildlifeDirect, a conservation organisation that is campaigning[…]

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