Like many of its counterparts in sub-Saharan Africa, Ethiopia has experienced significant economic growth over the past several years. The country has charted a 10.8-percent growth rate since 2005, according to the African Development Bank. Ethiopia was predicted to supplant Kenya as East Africa’s largest economy in 2016, and its gross domestic product (GDP) is estimated to hit almost $80 billion this year.
In mid-February, Ugandan authorities seized more than a ton of ivory in Kampala, adding to the already notable ivory news that kicked off 2017. The past few weeks have continued to bring in more significant news concerning Africa’s elephant poaching crisis. The following is a summary of some of the latest developments:
Stunning vistas. Escarpments dropping down into a valley below. Gelada monkeys grazing peacefully at altitudes of 3,600 m (about 11,800 ft.). Ethiopia’s Simien Mountains National Park offers a taste of Africa that’s a bit different from the stereotypical East African savanna experience.
Cameroon has often been called “Africa in miniature” for how much it mirrors the continent’s diversity. That’s especially true from an ecological standpoint. Like its mother continent, Cameroon boasts a coastline, mountains, savanna, desert and tropical rainforests. Though just larger than Sweden in terms of geographic size, this Central African nation hosts roughly 90% of all the ecosystem types found in Africa.
Since stepping into the role of African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) president in January 2016, Kaddu Sebunya has met with heads of state and regional bodies in Africa to advocate for sustainable development that takes the continent’s natural riches—its wildlife and wild lands—into account.