(Nairobi, Kenya) The African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) today announced an important milestone in the race to save habitat for wildlife in this east African country renowned for its elephants, lion and other large wildlife. Kenya's Minister for Housing and Lands has granted incorporation to a new national body which will allow land to be privately held for conservation, thus supplementing the traditional government parks and reserves.
Zimbabwe, one of Africa's most beautiful countries and with a rich wildlife heritage, is presently struggling from the combined effects of a drought, economic problems and political uncertainty. This is putting enormous stress on wildlife, parks and people alike. At the African Wildlife Foundation (AWF), we have long observed that the well-being of wildlife and people go hand in hand in Africa. When one suffers, so will the other.
Deforestation for subsistence agriculture has left much of the soil on the steep hills of the Virunga Volcanoes unstable and, therefore, vulnerable to mudslides. This rainy season's heavy rainfall took its toll.
On April 27th, an enormous mudslide carrying with it boulders, trees, and large amounts of water, crashed through the District of Bukamba in Rwanda, killing at least four people. Seven children are reported missing. The mudslide destroyed vast areas of the landscape, and more than 17 homes. In addition, at least two cows, along with many sheep and goats were killed.
The Jules Verne Film Festival recently awarded the Jury Special Award to The Ghosts of Lomako, directed by Kenton Vaughan, 90th Parallel Productions Ltd. This highly personal documentary follows a team of scientists, including the African Wildlife Foundation's primatologist Jef Dupain, in their mission to save the bonobos in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), a country struggling to survive post-civil war.
Much of AWF's conservation work on the ground centers around these three questions: where do groups of wildlife migrate? Which routes do they use? And when? When we need answers to these questions, we turn to GIS.