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.
If you ask wildlife managers working in national parks in Botswana, Kenya and Tanzania where they studied, many will give you the same answer: The College of African Wildlife Management in Mweka, Tanzania.
Situated in the shadow of Mount Kilimanjaro (Mweka is one of the towns that allow access to climb the mountain), the college is a respected regional training school that AWF helped establish almost 40 years ago. Mweka College trains mid-career protected-area and wildlife professionals from all over the continent.
During the last year, AWF doubled its number of Conservation Service Centers (CSCs). The two original CSCs are in Nairobi and Arusha. In 2000, a third center opened in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, and a fourth in White River, South Africa.
AWF hired Isidore Gwashure, formerly a top executive in southern Africa's ecotourism industry, to direct the CSC program. Now based at AWF's Office of African Operations in Nairobi, he has concluded agreements with two major southern African tourism companies and is negotiating additional contracts.