Tourists will be able to fly directly into Uganda’s pristine national parks without needing first to clear immigration at the country’s international airport.
The announcement was among a raft of incentives approved by the Government of Uganda during the Giants Club Conservation and Investment Forum held on October 6, 2017, in Uganda. Other incentives included discounts on hotel bed night levies, waivers on fees charged to land at wilderness airfields, and extensive support to market new tourism enterprises.
Media and conservation groups joined renowned Chinese collector Ma Weidu on World Rhino Day to release his new PSA on protecting rhinos. Hosted by National Geographic’s Traveler magazine along with the African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) and WildAid, the “Travel for Earth” event focused on ecotourism, highlighting experiences to see rhinos.
The African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) Global Ambassador and Board Member, Veronica Varekova was among the key personalities invited by the Dvur Kralove Zoo in the in the central Czech Republic city of Dvur Kralove for the third rhino horn burning ceremony today.
“I am both proud and humbled to be part of Kwita Izina, because if there is a more powerful statement of our spiritual connection to nature than what Rwanda has done with the mountain gorillas, then I am yet to find it," says Veronica Varekova.
Supermodel and philanthropist Veronica Varekova is among the international personalities invited by the Rwandan Government for Kwita Izina, the baby gorilla naming ceremony. The function will be held in Volcanoes National Park on Friday, September 1, 2017.
The ruling by the High Court in Pretoria authorizing an online auction of 264 rhino horns is potentially disastrous for Africa’s imperiled rhino population.
The African rhino has suffered high levels of poaching and the auction could provide legal cover for criminal gangs in the illicit rhino horn trade. AWF believes that there are no adequate mechanisms at any level — local, national, regional, or international — to control such trade.