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Training Rangers for Tourism in the Congo

  • 05/20/09
  • IGCP

My name is Alister Mungai and I am the Programme Assistant for IGCP. After ICCN (the Congo government’s national park and nature conservation authority) officially reopened the Mikeno sector of Virunga National Park for tourism on May 1st, IGCP was invited to train the rangers who would be involved in the handling of visitors. As rangers have not dealt with tourists for an extended period of time due to conflict and insecurity in the region, this workshop was vital to help get them back on track. Our team of four IGCP staff (Dr.

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Go Ahead, Ask!

  • 05/18/09
  • Erin
Sawubona! Muraho! Habari! Supa! Muli Shani! Dumela! Mbote! In any language, Hello! Welcome to AWF’s newest blog, Ask Erin. The above phrases are a few ways of saying ‘HELLO, WORLD!’ in just a few African dialects from some of the countries in which the African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) works to conserve and protect the wildlife and wild lands of Africa.

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The Lion Prides of Tarangire

  • 05/14/09
  • Kissui
Some of you had asked about the number of lions in our study area, sorry for the long silence on this - I thought I would wait for the series on human-lion conflict to complete, but it appears that will carry on for a while. As we wait for results on the chemical analysis to determine the type of poison used to target predators, I wanted to introduce you to lion prides that we have followed regularly over the past five years. Our core lion study area is approximately 2000 sq km, nearly 3/4 of Tarangire Park (Fig 1).

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I apologise for the long pause in posting a blog. I have temporarily left the study site to pursue a Postgraduate Diploma in Wildlife Conservation Practice offered by the University of Oxford’s Wildlife Conservation Research Unit (WildCRU) and funded by the Panthera Foundation. WildCRU is a unit of the Department of Zoology and is led by Professor David Macdonald. The unit is based in Tubney at the Tubney House, located in the countryside of Oxfordshire approximately 16 kilometres outside the Oxford city centre.

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The Impact of Climate Change on Mountain Gorillas

  • 05/12/09
  • IGCP

Bonjour Everyone!  This is Augustin.  I work for IGCP’s Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) Program and also serve as the IGCP Science Officer.  Nowadays, there is a growing consensus in the scientific community that climate change is occurring and is one of many possible causes of biodiversity loss.  Changes in climate can impact biodiversity either directly or indirectly through many different mechanisms.  Having a clear understanding of the exact impact of these mechanisms is crucial from the perspective of evaluating potential management actions.  IGCP is on the

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