Sadly, we are once again faced with a poaching-related tragedy. This time, however, we are mourning the loss of two of Kenya Wildlife Service's (KWS) rangers who were killed on May 11, 2003 in a valiant effort to protect the wildlife of Tsavo East National Park in Kenya.
Gosiame Neo-Mahupeleng, a native of northern Botswana, joined AWF in December of 2002 and has recently launched a project studying large carnivores in AWF's Kazungula Heartland. His research will focus in Chobe National Park in northeastern Botswana and in the eastern Caprivi area of Namibia. This project was created with the support of the Behrman family who donated funds in memory of Darryl Behrman.
The snows of Kilimanjaro are melting. Recognized throughout the world as a symbol of Africa's wild beauty and majesty, Kilimanjaro is the continent's highest mountain, located in northeastern Tanzania near the border with Kenya. Its two volcanic peaks stand about seven miles apart, connected by a broad "saddle." The crater of Kibo, the higher peak, is covered with an ice cap. But now the legendary glaciers are melting so rapidly that scientists predict they will all be gone in 15 years.
WILD SPECIES ARE FEELING THE HEAT
By Patrick J. Bergin, Ph.D.
Seven environmental activists were honored today in San Francisco with the 14th annual Goldman Environmental Prize.
The Goldman Environmental Prize is given annually to grassroots environmental heroes from six geographic areas: Africa, Asia, Europe, Islands and Island Nations, North America, and South and Central America. (Two winners share the Island Nations award this year.) The Prize includes a no-strings-attached award of $125,000.
As the largest award of its kind, the Goldman Environmental Prize has been called the "Nobel Prize for the Environment."