When the International Gorilla Conservation Program (IGCP) realized that the lack of security in Rwanda's Volcano National Park would prevent them from training rangers there to monitor the mountain gorillas, they did the next best thing: They relocated training to the Nyungwe Forest Reserve some four hours south in Rwanda.
After many years of absence, African wild dogs, a threatened species, have reappeared in Laikipia, Kenya, says Laurence Frank, a biologist at the University of California at Berkeley. And local ranchers--who once shot and killed them at first sight--seem more willing to tolerate their presence, he adds.
Whenever dugongs are spotted, as four were in 1997 off Africa's eastern coast, it catches the attention of conservationists.
That's because only a few hundred of these elusive mammals--also known as fork-tailed sea cows--remain in African waters, between Somalia and Mozambique.
Less famous than Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater, Tarangire nonetheless qualifies as one of the finest parks in Tanzania.
Location: Eastern Tanzania, near Lake Manyara, in the Rift Valley.
Size: About 1,000 square miles.
Landscape: Beautiful broad expanses of woodland savanna with acacia, sausage, tamarind and fever trees; grasslands studded with ancient baobab trees in the northern section.
Even before Tarangire was established as a national park back in 1969, AWF had been working to protect the phenomenal natural resources in the area. Though not as well known as its sister park a few miles distant on the Serengeti plains, Tarangire is one of the brightest jewels in Tanzania's crown. Now, AWF is undertaking an ambitious new conservation effort that encompasses the entire Tarangire ecosystem--not only the park but the corridors used during the great migrations of antelope, wildebeest and other species in their seasonal searches for food and water.