Media highlights for African Parks in September 2016 included coverage by National Geographic, the International Business Times, Mongabay, Bloomberg, Conde Nast Traveler, Mail Online, 50/50 environmental programme, among others.
FIVE REASONS TO VISIT RWANDA RIGHT NOW | Conde Nast Traveler, 5 September 2016
Rwanda is the travel world’s phoenix rising. From a devastating genocide more than two decades ago, it has emerged as one of East Africa’s premier travel destinations, with a capital city transformed and world renowned national parks, which teem with birds and big game—minus the tourist hordes. Here are five reasons you should visit Rwanda right now.
ZIMBABWE, MALAWI WELCOME ANTI-POACHING DRONES | Mail Online, 9 September 2016
Zimbabwe and Malawi are allowing flights by anti-poaching drones as part of an initiative supported by Google and the WWF conservation group. The drones, which resemble large model airplanes, have flown in South African wildlife areas and are part of the Air Shepherd program of the U.S.-based Lindbergh Foundation.
POACHING IN AFRICA BECOMES INCREASINGLY MILITARIZED | Mongabay, 12 September 2016
Due to skyrocketing consumer demand, particularly from Asia, today’s wildlife traffickers have the resources to outfit their henchmen with weaponry and equipment that often outmatches that of the local park rangers.
WHAT NEXT FOR SOUTH SUDANESE FIGHTERS WHO FLED AMONG REFUGEES TO DRC? | International Business Times, 14 September 2016
The United Nations peacekeeping mission (Monusco) in the Democratic Republic of the Congo has continued to extract hundreds of fighters loyal to South Sudan’s sacked vice-president who had fled to neighbouring DRC.
SAVING RWANDA’S ENDANGERED SPECIES, ONE AT A TIME | National Geographic, 15 September 2016
Many conservationists devote careers to saving one endangered species. Barely into his 30s, Rwandan Olivier Nsengimana is well into helping rescue and revive two.
UN REMOVES SOUTH SUDAN REBELS FROM CONGOLESE WILDLIFE RESERVE | Bloomberg, 16 September 2016
The United Nations removed hundreds of fighters loyal to former South Sudan Vice President Riek Machar from a game reserve in Democratic Republic of Congo. The UN peacekeeping mission, known as Monusco, extracted 752 “armed elements and civilians affiliated with the Sudanese People’s Liberation Movement in Opposition” from Garamba National Park at the request of Congo’s government, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s spokesman Stephane Dujarric said in an e-mailed statement Thursday.
ZAMBIA PART TWO: BANGWEULU WETLANDS PARK – SHOEBILL | 50/50 Environmental Magazine Programme, 23 September 2016
Last week we brought you the first part of Bertus’ adventures in the Bangweulu Wetlands Park, one of Africa’s most spectacular wetland systems located in north-eastern Zambia, and a stronghold for threatened endemic Black lechwe that grace the plains in their masses. But Bangweulu is also home to a most unusual and hard-to-find bird called a Shoebill – named for its enormous, ungainly beak.
CLARK R. BAVIN WILDLIFE LAW ENFORCEMENT RECIPIENTS HONORED AT INTERNATIONAL WILDLIFE TRADE CONFERENCE IN JOHANNESBURG | Animal Welfare Institute Press Release, 3 October 2016
Wildlife law enforcement champions from nine countries were recognized today with the Clark R. Bavin Wildlife Law Enforcement Award at the 17th Conference of the Parties (CoP) of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) in Johannesburg, South Africa.