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Rwanda launches Kwita Izina 2017 activities

The Rwanda Development Board has today launched Kwita Izina 2017 activities ahead of the event slated for September 1, kick-starting the World Tourism Month. This year marks the 13th edition of the annual flagship event in conservation that brings together conservation enthusiasts from all over the world to celebrate Rwanda’s success in protecting an endangered species. The theme of this ...

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Rwanda increases price of gorilla permit from $750 to $1,500

The Rwanda Development Board has announced an increase in the price of gorilla permits from $750 to $1,500 for all visitors effective immediately. A new exclusive package for tourists who wish to book an entire family of gorillas was also introduced at $15,000, and will receive exclusive personalized tour guide services. The price increase will not affect tourists who had ...

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Rhinos return to Rwanda after 10-year absence

Eastern black rhinos are coming back to Rwanda after the last individual was documented in the country 10 years ago – a historic move for the nation and the species. African Parks, a conservation non-profit that manages national parks and protected areas on behalf of governments across the continent, in collaboration with the Rwanda Development Board and with funding provided ...

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Virunga’s former Central Sector Warden honoured with Goldman Prize 2017

Virunga National Park’s former Central Sector Warden, Rodrigue Mugaruka Katembo, has been honoured with the 2017 Goldman Environmental Prize in recognition of the work he has undertaken to protect Africa’s oldest national park. Whilst working at Virunga, Rodrigue put his life on the line and faced significant threats for the benefit of Virunga National Park and the communities it serves. Roridgue’s ...

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New documentary to tell return of lions in Rwanda

KIGALI, March 1 (Xinhua) — The National Geographic channel is set to screen the reintroduction of lions from South Africa to Rwanda in an hour-long documentary, according to Akagera National Park authority. It will be the first time that the Rwandan national park will feature on the global wildlife television channel, a television focused primarily on wildlife and natural history ...

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What you need to know about the mountain gorilla, Africa’s most revered ape

By Evelyn Masaba One of the most revered attractions in Africa, especially in east and central Africa, is the critically endangered mountain gorilla. In fact, these iconic apes are ranked among the top three attractions preferred by tourists visiting Africa. Mountain gorillas reside in only two locations in the world: Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and the Virunga massif — a ...

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Rothschild giraffe: The gentle giant endemic to Uganda and Kenya

By Evelyn Masaba  The giraffa camelopardalis camelopardis, or the rothschild giraffe, commonly known as the giraffe, is one of those under-appreciated wild animals found in Uganda. Apart from the tree-climbing lions of Ishasha, the Ugandan giraffe is unique to its home and cannot be easily found elsewhere apart from Uganda and Kenya, where they have lived for years. The rothschild ...

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Lalibela hosts workshop on sustainable conservation and cultural heritage preservation

The U.S. Embassy will organise a two-day workshop on sustainable conservation and cultural heritage preservation, and provide an overview of a recently completed project at Biet Gabriel Rafael Church in Lalibela. The workshop will discuss the challenges of sustainable conservation and cultural heritage preservation in Ethiopia, review best practices, and explain the innovative methodologies used at Biet Gabriel Rafael. The two-day ...

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Uganda eyes $700M from bird watching over the next decade

Uganda, home to more than half of Africa’s bird population, seeks to earn over $700 million from its rich birding variety over the next decade, government officials said during the Africa Birding Expo held in Entebbe from 18-21 November. The East African nation hosted the event for the first time at Botanical Gardens in Entebbe and hopes to use the ...

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One lion found dead, two cubs born in Akagera National Park

By Our Reporter One of the seven lions that were in 2015 translocated to the Akagera National Park from South Africa has been found dead. Garuka is thought to have died of injuries sustained while attempting a kill following reports that her collar stopped emitting a satellite signal about a year ago. “Rangers would regularly track her in the field, ...

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