We see a magnificent African elephant. But a local farmer sees the thing that stepped on his crops. As human settlements interfere with wild animals' dispersal patterns, one of the top dangers to Africa's animals and landscapes is fast becoming human-wildlife conflict. And the results can be deadly for both sides.
A typical example: Through no fault of their own, migrating African elephants often wreak havoc on a farmer's crops and livestock. The farmer then retaliates, killing the elephants. He feels it's a matter of survival. And it is.
Three Rwandan poachers convicted of killing two endangered mountain gorillas and stealing a baby one have been fined and sentenced to four years in prison, an official confirmed on Thursday, January 30th, 2003.
The three poachers, who were former employees of the Parc National des Volcans in Rwanda, aimed to sell the baby gorilla abroad after stealing it in on May 9th 2002, and killing two female adults protecting it. This was the first such attack by poachers in almost two decades in Rwanda.
Ron Wood is known worldwide as a musician. A member of the Rolling Stones, Wood's guitar work has made him a rock icon. Ron is also an excellent visual artist, a career he attempted before joining bands such as the Jeff Beck Group and The Faces.
Wood is recognized for having strong control of his medium, never losing sense of spontaneity in his painting style. Though his career as a musician quickly overtook his early aspirations to become a professional painter, he has continued painting, drawing and printmaking for more than 35 years.
Africa's new "super park", the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park is Africa's largest transfrontier conservation area. It covers 35,000 square kilometers (13,500 square miles) and extends into three countries; Mozambique, South Africa and Zimbabwe. The African Wildlife Foundation is extremely pleased about the official recognition of this transfrontier park as it indicates promising potential for designation of a broader Greater Limpopo Conservation Area which conceptually forms the basis of AWF's southern Africa Limpopo Heartland.
The mountain gorilla is one of the most endangered species of wildlife on Earth. Keeping track of them is the specialty of Dr. Annette Lanjouw, considered one of the world's leading authorities on mountain gorillas.
Recently Dr. Lanjouw visited the United States to share her concerns about saving the animals that are the focus of her life. During a visit to the Hill School in Middleburg, Virginia, Voice of America Television was there to witness the lecture.
DR. ANNETTE LANJOUW