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UPDATE: GARAMBA NATIONAL PARKS POACHING CRISIS

Poaching incidents [2014 © African Parks]

In May, African Parks reported that 33 elephants had been poached during the five weeks prior in Garamba National Park in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), indicating a heightened threat to the park’s elephant population. At the same time we announced details of escalated counter-poaching measures that were being implemented. In June we updated the situation, confirming that an additional 35 elephants had been killed. Since June the toll has risen and now stands at a total of 109 for the five month period from April to August. The poaching onslaught has continued despite the intensive, ongoing anti-poaching offence launched in May by African Parks and the ICCN (Congolese Wildlife Authority). At least two poaching incidents involving 15 elephant have been attributed to the use of a helicopter by well-organised poaching groups who shoot the elephants from the air.




STRATEGIC FAMILIARISATION TRIPS TO CELEBRATE 80 YEARS OF CONSERVATION

something... [2014 © Gael R. Vande Weghe]

As part of the 80 Year celebration of Akagera, three strategic familiarisation trips were recently conducted with prominent local journalists and bloggers, Office of the Government Spokesperson representatives and the Tourism Chamber with the aim of raising the awareness of Akagera’s more recent developments in the parks 80 year history.




NEW LUXURY TREE TOP TENTED SUITE AND FAMILY SUITE OPENS AT RUZIZI TENTED LODGE IN AKAGERA

Ruzizi luxury suite [2014 © African Parks]

Following the success of Ruzizi Tented Lodge in its first full year of operation, the Akagera Management Company has extended the accommodation offerings at the lodge to include a family tented suite for four guests and a luxury tree-top tented suite set on stilts four metres above the ground, overlooking Lake Ihema. The luxury option boasts polished wooden floors throughout, a double hammock on the deck, a luxurious king-sized bed, a freestanding bath, double sinks and an outdoor shower with spectacular views.




ZEDUPAD PROGRAM AT CHIUNDAPONDE SCHOOL

Zedupad program [2014 © African Parks]

The Zedupad program is now up and running! A group of 20 students in grades 4 and 5 from Chiundaponde School have been selected to take part in this pilot program, with Muwele School to follow soon.



RESCUED SHOEBILL CHICK - UPDATE

Shoebill chick [2014 © African Parks]

The rescued Shoebill chick is no longer a little bird anymore and is doing very well growing by the day. We have moved it into an outside reed enclosure for its protection as well as to continue to minimize the contact it has with its cares. We estimate that it is approximately one month old now. It is trying to stand and the first real feathers are replacing the fluffy down it arrived with.




COLLARING OF SIX ELEPHANTS IN AKAGERA NATIONAL PARK

Elephant collaring [2014 © Sarah Hall]

Akagera began an elephant monitoring project last week with six elephants being collared over a four day period. The project was guided by Dr. Pete Morkel, an experienced vet from South Africa, with the support of Akagera staff. Four male and two female elephants from areas across the park were selected for collaring. The project will enable the park management to monitor the range of their movements over time with the aim of protecting the elephant population from any risk of poaching. The project was funded by private conservation supporters who came to witness the exercise.




SHOEBILL CHICK RESCUED

Shoebill chick [2014 © African Parks]

This little Shoebill chick was brought to the Project staff by a concerned person from a village near to its nest. This villager had heard there were people talking about destroying the chick and nest site. Out of fear for this chick’s survival he thought it best to remove it and then decided to hand it over to the Bangweulu Wetlands Project. A better option would have been to inform the project staff and we would then have local people to guard the nest as part of our Shoebill guard program, through which we also educated people on the importance of these birds.




UPDATE: STILL NO SIGN OF MISSING US PILOT, BILL FITZPATRICK

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Odzala’s pilot Bill Fitzpatrick has still not been found, despite intensive aerial and ground searches since he went missing on 22 June en route between Nigeria and Cameroon. The search is being coordinated by the US State Department and includes representatives from the Limbe Special Forces Team, a division of AFRICOM (the United States Africa Command), as well as Cameroon authorities.




MALAWIAN AND ETHIOPIAN CANDIDATES SELECTED FOR CONSERVATION LEADERSHIP PROGRAMME

Conservation Leadership Programme [2014 © African Parks]

A Malawian and an Ethiopian have been selected to take part in the inaugural African Parks Conservation Leadership Programme, which is designed to develop future conservation leaders in Africa. The two candidates were amongst 50 applicants from the six countries in Africa where African Parks currently operates.




VACANCY: ODZALA SEEKS EIA VOLUNTEER

Sunset over Odzala [2011 © Christelle Lamprecht]

Odzala National Park is looking for an independent EIA volunteer.



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