The Norwegian Nobel Committee has awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for 2004 to Wangari Maathai for her contribution to sustainable development, democracy and peace. Maathai is the first African woman to receive this prestigious award. Known both as a pioneering academic and environmental campaigner, Maathai has fought tirelessly, even against oppressive regimes, to ensure a sustainable environment and better quality of life for women and the citizens of Kenya.
For the second time, the Chobe Riverfront of Chobe National Park in Northern Botswana has been closed to tourists due to an anthrax outbreak. Since its outbreak on September 8th, more than 265 animals have died, including 248 buffalo and 12 elephants.
Reports of mass deforestation in the Southern Sector of the Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), habitat of the endangered mountain gorilla (Gorilla beringei beringei), were confirmed in June of this year. As a result of extensive habitat destruction and land conversion by people accompanied by Rwandan military personnel, a total of 15 km2 of natural habitat, including bamboo forest and mixed-forest (which forms the diet of mountain gorillas), was cleared for conversion to pastoral and agricultural land.
In the heart of Tanzania, an innovative and ambitious conservation business venture is built on a simple premise - women are the key to wildlife conservation. Indeed, at the Esilalei Women's Cultural Boma in AWF's Maasai Steppe Heartland, Maasai women are leading the charge for conservation and building their own economic and social capacity through this modern cultural tourism enterprise.
On August 4th, 2004, the African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) celebrated the official opening of the Lion Rock Tented Camp, a spectacular 24-bed luxury ecolodge located in the Taita Taveta district of Southern Kenya, close to AWF's Kilimanjaro Heartland.
What Makes this Ecolodge So Unique?
The Lion Rock Tented Camp is part of the Lumo Community Wildlife Sanctuary (which neighbors the populous Tsavo West National Park), and part of the wider Amboseli-Tsavo ecosystem and both popular international tourist destinations.