A Kenyan lioness which perplexed wildlife experts last month by adopting a newborn Beisa oryx at Samburu National Park astonished them again on Valentine's Day by taking on another. When the lioness adopted her first calf last month, animal behaviorists said she had probably mistaken it for a lion cub. But on Friday she showed full awareness of the calf's species, allowing its real mother to feed it before chasing her away.
On January 17th, Mount Nyiragongo, just north of Lake Kivu in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) erupted. The Nyiragongo volcano is one of eight in DRC along the border with Rwanda. This is also home to the critically endangered mountain gorillas and their dense tropical forest habitat, who range among the six "dormant" volcanoes in DRC's Virunga National Park.
Five days after Mount Nyiragongo erupted, and despite the risks posed by the lava and earth tremors, many of the thousands of people who had fled the city of Goma are returning.
The Nyiragongo volcano, just north of Lake Kivu in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is erupting. The volcano is spewing a steady flow of lava, over a mile wide, into Rwanda, and has devastated the eastern town of Goma in the Democratic Republic of Congo, which lies directly at the foot of the exploding volcano. Some 50 people are reported to be dead and some 300,000 people have fled into the neighboring town of Gisenyi in Rwanda.
The African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) and Earthwatch Institute (EWI) recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), documenting their intent to work collaboratively on the conservation of natural resources and landscapes in Africa. This collaboration will be in direct support of AWF's African Heartlands program. AWF Heartlands are large African landscapes of exceptional wildlife and natural value extending across state, private and community lands.