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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Kenya asks the Chinese to help put the brakes on poaching

It’s quite a clever move really, and completely logical. Kenya tourism officials have asked the Chinese to help put the brakes on poaching. In recent months the Chinese have shown a growing interest in East Africa’s wildlife. Central China Television (CCTV) (great acronym!) has been showing live coverage of the wildebeest migration from the Serengeti and Kenya sees the Chinese,[…]

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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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The Beauty of Birds

There are two key factors that make the difference between a good game drive and a great one, or, equally importantly, a good game drive and a poor one. The first is obvious – it’s the animals. Without animals it’s just a drive. The second is the guide. If the animals are there, flaunting themselves in front of your lens[…]

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That Special Moment

Not every game drive can be blessed with the sight of lions bringing down a buffalo, the plains of the Maasai Mara won’t always be teeming with wildebeest and every tree does not hide a sleeping leopard. But that doesn’t mean that every game drive cannot be rewarding. For me, the goal is to ensure that every game drive is[…]

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