As we reported in December 2004, a young mountain gorilla was confiscated from four poachers by Rwandan police and the Rwandan Office of Tourism and Parks (ORTPN), during an undercover operation to intercept an illegal poaching incident. The young female gorilla, estimated to be between 3 years of age at the time, was not expected to survive.
With support from AWF, an organization called BEADS is improving the livelihoods of Maasai communities in Kenya. BEADS, which stands for Beads for Education, Advancement Development and Success, supports educational sponsorships for girls, career counseling, community service projects, HIV/AIDS prevention, and famine relief programs.
BEADS holds an annual Walkathon to raise awareness and sponsorships for this important work. This year's Walkathon--100 miles from Isinya to Amboseli National Park--is called "Break the Chains of Illiteracy" and will take place January 6-13, 2007.
On July 7, 2006, the Mgahinga Gorilla National Park Visitor Center was officially opened, welcoming tourists who come to southern Uganda to trek the endangered mountain gorillas. The opening of the visitor center marks an important milestone for ecotourism in the park. The visitor center will enhance tourism services and facilities, thereby contributing to increased revenues. It will also help educate both international tourists and Ugandan visitors about the park's endangered inhabitants.
Under the Charlotte Conservation Fellowship Program, AWF is offering scholarships for full MSc or partial Ph.D. programs with field research components that produce knowledge or insight into specific conservation challenges in the African Heartlands or conservation in general. This year, citizens of Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Zambia, South Africa, Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Mozambique and Botswana are eligible to apply.
(Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo) - About 15 years after a process was initiated to create a Protected Area for the conservation of one of the world's best studied bonobo populations, the Ministry of Environment and Conservation of Nature, Waters and Forests has announced today the gazettement of the Faunal Reserve of Lomako-Yokokala.