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New initiative wants students to take active part in conservation

By Joseph Ondiek Ask any tourism industry player and they will tell you education is a critical aspect of environmental conservation. It’s in this regard that Red Rocks Cultural Center, based in Nyakinama village, Musanze district established Red Rocks Initiatives for Sustainable Development early this year, and among its key objectives is to promote conservation through education. According to Greg ...

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How Ngaruye is making a fortune from banana stems

By Joseph Ondiek Banana is like the tale about seven  blind people and the elephant. To some people, it’s food that enrich their diet. For a farmer, banana presents to them a fodder they feed their animals. For a section of Ugandans, the term banana can mean “waragi” where the regional famous potent spirit  Waragi is manufactured from, while in ...

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How eco-friendly is your hotel?

By Evelyn Masaba Eco-friendly is a term that can be loosely translated as when human beings engage in activities that do not harm the environment. With recent studies indicating that the climate change process has already begun, it is important that we look for ways to conserve our environment and not accelerate global warming. Going green does not literally mean ...

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Top birds for birdwatchers in Uganda

By Evelyn Masaba From the savannahs of the Kidepo to the deep forests of the Mabira right through the impenetrable Bwindi forest and to the top of Wagagai, the variety of bird species in Uganda is undeniable. Located within the tropics, Uganda has one of the most conducive weather for bird habitation, making it easy for several species to thrive ...

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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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Why conservation in Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park is so crucial

By Our Writer There are currently about 900 mountain gorillas in total around the world. These critically endangered species can only be found in the Virunga chain of volcanic mountains that straddle Rwanda, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Around half of them live in Rwanda, which is why conservation in this area is so crucial. They reside in ...

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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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