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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.



AFRICAN PARKS PILOT AND PLANE MISSING IN CAMEROON

Bill Fitzpatrick [2014 © African Parks]

African Parks regrets to announce that Bill Fitzpatrick, the African Parks’ pilot employed at Odzala-Kokoua National Park in the Republic of Congo, has gone missing in the park’s aircraft en route between Nigeria and Cameroon. He was flying alone at the time of his disappearance on Sunday evening, 22 June.




POACHING ONSLAUGHT IN GARAMBA NATIONAL PARK

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African Parks has intensified its anti-poaching efforts in eastern DRC to counter the poaching onslaught that has beset Garamba National Park in the past two months. A total of 68 elephants have been poached since mid-April, representing about 4% of the total population.




A TRIBUTE TO DR ANTHONY HALL-MARTIN

Anthony Hall-Martin [2014 © African Parks]

A tribute to Dr Anthony Hall-Martin given at his memorial on 6 June 2014 by African Parks CEO Peter Fearnhead.



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