The Nyiragongo volcano, just north of Lake Kivu in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is erupting. The volcano is spewing a steady flow of lava, over a mile wide, into Rwanda, and has devastated the eastern town of Goma in the Democratic Republic of Congo, which lies directly at the foot of the exploding volcano. Some 50 people are reported to be dead and some 300,000 people have fled into the neighboring town of Gisenyi in Rwanda.
The African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) and Earthwatch Institute (EWI) recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), documenting their intent to work collaboratively on the conservation of natural resources and landscapes in Africa. This collaboration will be in direct support of AWF's African Heartlands program. AWF Heartlands are large African landscapes of exceptional wildlife and natural value extending across state, private and community lands.
Adapted from the Zambia Daily Mail.
The African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) and the Government of the Republic of Zambia have signed an agreement regarding the establishment of a regional office in Zambia. The new agreement also sets out the terms of the collaboration between the two parties for the conservation of wildlife and natural resources.
Adapted from the Daily Nation
In the Samburu Game Reserve in Kenya, a lioness recently struck up friendship with an oryx calf in a spectacle that puzzled everyone including wildlife experts.
In a radical departure from its instincts, the full-grown lioness had been roaming in the reserve for the last two weeks in the company of the oryx, which it would ordinarily have killed for a meal. Tourists and game rangers watched in disbelief as the lioness and the frail brown baby oryx walked side by side and rested together, with the intimacy of a mother and her cub.
Amboseli National Park - in the AWF-designated Kilimanjaro Heartland - hosts an amazing profusion of diverse wildlife. The park is a stunning mosaic of grassy plains, clear springs, mud pans, and Phoenix palm woodland framed by the presence of Mount Kilimanjaro. After an intellectually rigorous, yet stimulating week in Nairobi, the first comprehensive meeting of AWF's Heartland Program staff transferred the meeting to the living conference facilities of Amboseli.