Media highlights for African Parks in June 2017 included coverage by CNN, the Financial Times, Yahoo News, Reuters, The Guardian, Le Monde, RTL Nieuws, among others.
BENIN MOVES TO SAVE PART OF WEST AFRICA’S LAST BIG WILDLIFE REFUGE | Yahoo News, 1 June 2017
Benin is hiring scores of extra park rangers and bringing in conservation scientists to rehabilitate a part of West Africa’s largest wildlife reserve, which contains big cats and thousands of elephants that have largely died out elsewhere in the region. The tiny nation has partnered with NGO African Parks for the 10-year project centred on the 4,800 sq km Pendjari National Park, part of WAP and seen as the most viable tourist hub for the area, officials involved told Reuters on Thursday.
IN SEARCH OF A LION AND A KING IN ZAMBIA | Financial Times, 2 June 2017
To reach the lost world of Zambia’s Liuwa Plains takes time and money. It is worth every long hour and every saved penny. The plains, remote and barely visited even by Zambians, were practically emptied of game during the 1975-2002 civil war in neighbouring Angola, when soldiers poured into the park in pursuit of meat and money. But wildlife is now recovering.
HONG KONG ROLE IN WILDLIFE SMUGGLING IN SPOTLIGHT AS AFRICAN RANGERS BEG FOR IVORY BAN | Reuters, 6 June 2017
African rangers detailed harrowing first-hand tales of elephant poaching at a public hearing in Hong Kong on Tuesday, the latest attempt to halt wildlife trafficking through the Chinese-ruled city, as ivory traders defended their business.
We were proud to have, on behalf of African Parks, our Garamba Park Manager Erik Mararv collaborate with WWF Hong Kong last week and deliver a moving testimony on the real impact of the ivory trade. Erik recounted a tragic event in Garamba that left three rangers dead and he was also was wounded. The testimony was part of an event to urge lawmakers in Hong Kong to ban the legal ivory trade as soon as possible.
CHEETAHS BACK FROM THE BRINK IN MALAWI | Voice of America, 8 June 2017
Poaching and wildlife trafficking have endangered some of Africa’s most iconic species and the loss of the animals has cost African countries critical tourism revenue. But at least one national park is getting a second chance. Liwonde National Park in southern Malawi has just welcomed some new inhabitants – four cheetahs relocated there from South Africa courtesy of the non-profit African Parks group.
LE DERNIERS JOURS DES GIRAFES DU CONGO | Le Monde, 11 June 2017
Visiter le parc national de la Garamba est un voyage à haut risque. Dans le nord-est de la République démocratique du Congo (RDC), à la frontière avec le Soudan du Sud, le parc est situé dans l’une des zones les plus dangereuses d’Afrique. La faute à un mélange explosif de braconniers lourdement armés, de groupes rebelles et d’une biodiversité chèrement négociée sur le marché noir.
HONG KONG LAUNCHES BILL TO BAN DOMESTIC IVORY TRADE | The Guardian, 26 June 2017
Hong Kong has launched a landmark bill to ban its domestic ivory trade, amid accusations that authorities were lagging behind China in phasing out the market. Hong Kong is home to the world’s biggest retail ivory market, with more items for sale than anywhere else in the world. The majority of buyers are mainland Chinese, who smuggle the worked ivory across the border.
AFRIKAANSE OLIFANTEN EN LEEUWEN GEHOLPEN MET NEDERLANDS GELD | RTL nieuws, 28 June 2017
Steeds meer Afrikaanse landen kunnen het beheer van hun wildparken met dieren niet betalen. Daarom geven zij dit uit handen. Bijvoorbeeld aan African Parks, een organisatie opgericht met Nederlands geld.
THE BIG MOVE: RELOCATING 500 ELEPHANTS, ONE FAMILY AT A TIME | CNN, 29 June 2017
Wildlife vet Andre Uys peers out at the herd through the doors of the blue and white helicopter as the chopper peels off to the left, its rotors dipping below the tree line. Beneath us, a herd of elephants is roaming across the plain… African Parks — a conservation non-profit — is capturing and relocating 500 elephants from Malawi’s Liwonde and Majete National Parks, and moving them to Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve, further north.
WATCH: HOW TO MOVE A GIANT | CNN Virtual Reality, 29 June 2017
Conservationists are relocating 500 elephants hundreds of miles from two overcrowded national parks to a reserve where the animals have been almost wiped out by poachers.