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SIGNING OF BANGWEULU MANAGEMENT AGREEMENT

Bangweulu signing ceremony, Dr Martin Malama, Chairman of the Bangweulu Wetlands Management Board; Mrs Jean Kapata, the Honorable Minister of Tourism and Arts; Mr Davies Mwango, the MP for Kanchibiya; and Peter Fearnhead , CEO of African Parks.  [2014 © African Parks]

A new long term agreement has been concluded for the management of the Bangweulu Wetlands in Zambia. The contract was signed by the Zambia Wildlife Authority (ZAWA), African Parks and the six Community Resource Boards that make up the Bangweulu Game Management Area.




LIUWAS SOLE MALE LION FOUND DEAD

something... [2014 © Egil Droge]

It is with regret that African Parks Zambia announces that Liuwa Plain National Park’s sole male lion has died, probably as a result of poisoning or disease.



AFRICAN PARKS JOINS THE GLOBAL MARCH FOR ELEPHANTS AND RHINOS

Global march  [2014 © Global march]

African Parks head office staff will don their walking shoes to join marchers in the Global March for Elephants and Rhinos in Johannesburg on 4 October, one of more than 120 marches taking place in over 40 countries on the day to raise global awareness of the poaching crisis and to pressure governments into passing and enforcing laws that protect wildlife and ending the illegal wildlife trade.




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.




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