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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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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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Scaling up climate policy and solutions requires “enabling environment”

An African development pathway that could propel climate-resilient economic growth is possible if an enabling environment that promotes innovation and collaborative actions for climate change solutions is put into place, concluded a side event themed “innovations and African collaborative approaches for transformative climate policy solutions” at COP22 today. Organised by the Africa Climate Policy Centre (ACPC) of the Economic Commission ...

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Concrete progress is being made towards delivering on the Paris climate pledges

Leaders in the global drive to protect, restore and sustainably manage forests have announced a series of measures that show concrete progress is being made towards delivering on the Paris climate pledges and global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). More than a dozen initiatives from Africa to Indonesia to South America are demonstrating how climate mitigation and adaptation actions related to ...

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Elephant poaching costs African tourism $25 million per year

In Africa, tens of thousands of elephants are killed by poachers each year. Now a new study shows that this poaching crisis costs African countries around $25 million annually in lost tourism revenue. The research was published November 1 in the journal Nature Communications. “Conservation is often seen as a luxury,” says Brendan Fisher an economist at the University of ...

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Kumbuka the gorilla: what actually happened

ZSL London Zoo has been the subject of much interest and speculation over the last few days, after Kumbuka, our silverback gorilla, made headlines for escaping his enclosure for a short time. As the first part of our investigation concludes, I’m keen to use this opportunity to clarify some things. The results of this initial investigation have established that the ...

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John Kerry’s remarks at the Montreal Protocol meet in Kigali

Well, good afternoon everybody. I want to begin by thanking the president of this Meeting of the Parties, Minister Biruta, and the Government of Rwanda for the terrific job that they have done in hosting everybody all of this week here in beautiful Kigali. I also want to thank the terrific administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency – my friend, ...

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