A community forced to move 30 years ago off land now falling within the boundaries of South Africa's Kruger National Park has regained its rights to nearly 100 square miles of park land.
Under the terms of the agreement reached in the spring with South Africa National Parks (SANP), the Pafuri region, just south of the current Kruger boundary, will be returned to the Makuleke community and will be maintained as a protected area.
Guard dogs trained by the Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF) are now at work on some 50 farms in Namibia protecting livestock, including goats belonging to President Sam Nujoma of Namibia.
The rare colobus monkeys in Kenya's Diani Forest no longer have to worry about dodging traffic along the road that cuts through their habitat. Now they can take the high road, safely crossing on four arboreal rope bridges constructed by local conservationists.
A related CITES decision that has received little attention but could have a far-reaching impact allows a one-time, noncommercial sale of ivory by any African country that had registered its stockpiles by Sept. 18.
The sharply differing reactions to the partial lifting of the ban on elephant ivory trade are emblematic of the ongoing struggle over how to best protect Africa's elephants and the interests of their human neighbors.
Last June, after two weeks of heated argument, delegates at the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) conference in Harare, Zimbabwe voted to "downlist" elephant populations in Botswana, Namibia and Zimbabwe from the endangered species category and to allow each country to hold a one-time sale of ivory to Japan.