Vultures – the silent victims of Africa’s wildlife poaching

The recent death of up to 600 vultures after feeding on a poisoned elephant carcass near Namibia’s Bwabwata National Park in July confirms that the indiscriminate use of poison is one of the major causes of the ongoing decline in vulture populations across most of Africa.   This is particularly evident in West Africa where an average decline of 42%[…]

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Does Destroying Ivory Save Elephants?

In recent months a number of governments around the world have taken the step of publicly destroying their stockpiles of seized illegal ivory to give credence to their anti-poaching stance. Their actions have provoked fierce debate with some arguing that crushing or buring ivory is little more than a publicity stunt when the ivory could be sold to raise funds[…]

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The Wisdom of Chief Seattle

Chief Seattle was a chief of the Duwamish, a native American tribe that have lived in the area of Washington state where the city of Seattle now lies. Chief Seattle died in June 1866, and knew nothing of Africa’s wildlife. Yet, he could see from what was happening around him that the spread of ‘civilisation’ presented a gowing threat to[…]

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Tanzania’s anti-poaching shambles

2013 has been a disastrous year for Africa’s rhinoceros and elephant populations. South Africa has seen a record number of rhinos poached and in other countries Africa’s elephants are being killed at an unprecedented rate and Tanzania has been one of the countries worst affected. Conservationists and campaigners have been in overdrive; raising public awareness through relentless media campaigns, lobbying[…]

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Amboseli & Maasai Mara, 2 private conservancies, 2 tented camps, 6 nights, from $1,765/£1,150

A 6 night safari staying in 2 private conservancies for under $2, 000 may sound too good to be true, but believe it, it’s not. Gamewatchers Safaris in Kenya are offering you the chance to spend 3 nights in their Selenkay Conservancy, adjoining Amboseli National Park and 3 nights in their Ol Kenyei  Conservancy, adjoining the Maasai Mara. This incredible[…]

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Gorilla War

The Ugandan government is working to diffuse a bitter row between the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) and local tour and travel operators over the country’s most lucrative tourist attraction, Mountain Gorillas. The local operators, through their body—the Association of Uganda Tour Operators (AUTO) are not only opposed to UWA’s initiative to have Gorilla viewing permits sold online, they have also[…]

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Congo’s rare mountain gorillas could become victims of oil exploration

WWF warns of environmental disaster and permanent conflict if British firm begins drilling for oil inside Virunga national park. Once again fragile wildlife environments and endangered species find themselves under threat from big business and the eagerness of a government to cash in on it’s country’s natural resources. This amazing park in Africa supports a wide variety of biodiversity, but[…]

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Kenyan conservationist takes bird’s-eye view in fight against elephant poaching

In the wilds of Kenya’s Northern Frontier District, Martin Wheeler, aka ‘bird-man’, and team use paraglider, car and footwork in surveillance effort to help thwart illegal wildlife trade. Africa’s wild elephants are being killed at their fastest rate since 1979-89, the bloody decade in which their number more than halved from 1.4m to 600,000. Wheeler, like many conservationists, is on[…]

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HONG KONG AUTHORITIES SEIZE OVER 1.100 ELEPHANT TUSKS

If anyone has any doubt about the absolute necessity of campaigns to combat elephant poaching this latest seizure drives home the seriousness of the issue. Bloggers like Jenny Karvunidis who criticized Hillary Clinton for declaring her support for the worldwide crackdown on elephant poaching should take the time to realise just how serious this issue is. Largest seizure since 2010[…]

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LEWA DOWNS MAKES IT INTO THE UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE LIST

Years of hard work and dedication rewarded as Lewa Downs and Ngare Ndare Forest join Mt. Kenya World Heritage Site. The Mount Kenya World Heritage Site was recently expanded to include two additional conservation areas, namely Lewa Downs and the Ngare Ndare Forest. Lewa Downs, once upon a time a conventional cattle ranch owned and operated by the Craig family, has[…]

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