The following story ran in the June 17, 2001, issue of the San Francisco Chronicle:
IN PEACE WITH PREDATORS: U.C. Biologists Say People Must Learn to Coexist with Africa's Carnivores if These Animals Are to Survive
By GLEN MARTIN
Laikipia Plateau, Kenya -- University of California at Berkeley biologist Laurence Frank is crouched disconsolately in the middle of the African bush, getting pelted with raindrops the size of seedless grapes.
The American Council of Young Political Leaders (ACYPL) is an organization that conducts bipartisan international exchanges, providing emerging leaders, aged 25 to 40, the opportunity to experience firsthand the political and cultural dynamics of other countries. ACYPL facilitates more than twenty-five exchanges, enabling nearly 250 American and international political leaders to participate.
Robinson "Rob" McIlvaine, 87, retired career diplomat, editor and conservationist, died June 24, 2001, at his home in Washington, DC.
A specialist in African affairs, McIlvaine served as Consul General in the Congo and ambassador to Dahomey (now Benin), Guinea, and Kenya. He had previously served as Deputy Chief of Mission in Lisbon, Director of the Inter-Departmental Seminar, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs, and Chairman of the U.S. Section of the Caribbean Commission.
A recent wildlife survey in the Laikipia District of central Kenya in February 2001 provided an opportunity to test a Zebra Simulation Model developed by The Mpala Research Centre. This predictive model can estimate the total number of zebras present in a given area. The prediction for this year, according to the model, was 23,726. Compared to the actual number of zebras found through traditional survey techniques in February was 26,095. This is a difference of 9% and represents an accurate substitute for more costly sampling methods.
Statement by the International Gorilla Conservation Program, a joint initiative of the African Wildlife Foundation, Fauna and Flora International and World Wide Fund for Nature.