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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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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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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Crocodile in the kitchen

With the rainy season well under way many parts of Kenya are suffering from localised flooding which is causing the usual (annual) disruption to travel plans. Amboseli, surprisingly, is not yet one of them. A few showers have covered the dry lake bed with a carpet of bright green and, in anticipation of heavier rains to come, many animals have[…]

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Tanzania – Land of Wonders

It has often been said that Tanzania has more than its fair share of natural marvels; from abundance of wild animals to natural landscapes. This was proven recently when Tanzania bagged 3 of the Seven Natural Wonders of Africa. The Serengeti, Mount Kilimanjaro, and the Ngorongoro Crater  are also among several world natural heritage sites of global importance. The Seven[…]

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