In the next few weeks, the South African government is facing the decision on how to handle the growing elephant population in Kruger National Park (KNP). The elephant population numbers are about 12,500 and are said to impact negatively on the biodiversity of the park.
Earlier this year, in the heart of the Maasai Steppe Heartland, AWF signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Tanzanian government to conserve land that is part of a key wildlife corridor.
Africa's bonobo (Pan paniscus), the last of the great ape species to be discovered by science, may well be running out of time. Thats because the latest survey by AWF's team in the Democratic Republic of Congo indicates Africa's bonobos face a variety of threats to their long term survival.
Threatened by the loss of their rainforest habitat and an escalating bushmeat trade, bonobos are in serious trouble. Burgeoning human populations, civil unrest, international logging concessions and global markets for illegal wildlife trade are all taking a toll.
Beatrice Lempaira has proven that conservation pays. In early October, the 21 year-old young Kenyan woman was accepted to Nairobi University's Faculty of Arts program, where she will pursue her undergraduate degree in Economics. Beatrice's tuition will be funded entirely from the revenue generated by one of Kenya's most unique conservation enterprises, Koija Starbeds.
Home to the world's remaining mountain gorillas and many other endemic species of mammals, birds and plants, the Central Albertine Rift region will soon be the focus of joint conservation efforts by the governments of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Rwanda and Uganda.