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18 September 2019

A rare baby Zebra has been spotted in Kenya

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A rare newly born Zebra has been spotted in Kenya and tourists can’t get enough of it. The zebra has a rather amazing dark colour due to a genetic abnormality linked to the amount of melanin, affecting the pigmentation of the fur. On Sunday 15 September, Mr Antony Tira – a tour guide-cum photographer – at Matira bush camp located in Maasai Mara came across the one-of-a-kind genetically mutated baby zebra. However, upon closer examination, Mr. Tira realised that what he was seeing was actually a zebra with melanin disorder. It was hardly a week old, it appeared weak and very different from the others and was stuck close to a female adult zebra, probably its mother.

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18 September 2019

Application for Membership - Coquille Bonheur

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Coquille Bonheur has applied to join Atta. Their membership will be approved if there are not any objections lodged within the statutory 10 day period. (See objection procedure below).

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17 September 2019

Young environmental prize winner for Africa is saving the world’s last wild hotspots

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Twenty-nine-year-old wildlife ethno-conservationist Adjany Costa from Angola has won the Young Champions of the Earth Prize for her efforts to conserve precious water and biodiversity hotspots in Angola. As world leaders gather at the UN Headquarters in New York for the Climate Action Summit and General Assembly in the coming days, climate and the environment will be at the forefront of discussions. Youth around the world are already taking action, because there is no time to lose. Costa’s solution is to work with the Luchaze community in the Eastern Angolan highlands, threatened by unsustainable livelihood practices following the country’s three-decade-long civil war which ended in 2002, as well as clearing of Miombo woodland once landmines are removed.

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17 September 2019

How old mascara wands are helping South Africa's wildlife

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The Centre for Rehabilitation of Wildlife (CROW) is appealing to women to donate their old mascara wands to help clean small wildlife. CROW’s marketing and communications manager, Lana Bartholomew, said they used the wands to clean off ticks, fleas, dirt, insects, fly larvae and other parasites from birds and small mammals who have been brought into the centre.

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16 September 2019

Pango-Cam offers amazing and unique view of pangolin behavior

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Widely sought for its scales and flesh, which are channeled into the illegal trade to buyers in Asia, pangolins are said to be the world’s most trafficked animal. They face an uncertain future despite a complete ban on trade in any of the eight pangolin species, agreed to in 2017 under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES). Also known as scaly anteaters, pangolins are unique mammals covered in hard scales made of keratin. Predominantly nocturnal and elusive, these secretive mammals remain understudied and poorly understood.

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16 September 2019

Ethiopian Airlines to Launch Flights from Houston in December

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Ethiopian Airlines has finalized its plans to launch flights to Houston starting on December 15, 2019, offering direct, nonstop Houston to Lomé, Togo air services operations three times per week. The new Houston flights will facilitate the travel of the large African community in the Houston area as well as the oil and gas industry and other companies doing business in the region of West Africa. The airline had originally flown to Lome from Los Angeles as the only non-stop to Africa from the US West Coast but that short-lived flight ended early this year when the airline ended its flights from LAX.

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13 September 2019

Application for Membership - Kagera Safaris

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Kagera Safaris has applied to join Atta. Their membership will be approved if there are not any objections lodged within the statutory 10 day period. (See objection procedure below).

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13 September 2019

Nine critically endangered rhino are relocated from South Africa to Tanzania

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Fueled by a lucrative illegal trade in wildlife products, East Africa has experienced an unparalleled poaching crisis, decimating rhino numbers. From an estimated 10,000 animals in 1970, the Tanzanian black rhino population has decreased by 99% and today there are estimated to be only 100 rhino surviving in all of Tanzania. While the Serengeti ecosystem has become the stronghold for Tanzania’s beleaguered rhino population, it is a pale shadow of its former glory when an estimated 700 rhino resided in the Serengeti National Park in 1980. The poaching pandemic has resulted in the IUCN placing the last remaining eastern black rhino (Diceros bicornis michaeli) on its red list and classifying them as critically endangered.

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12 September 2019

Application for Membership - Tanzania Roadside Expeditions

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Tanzania Roadside Expeditions has applied to join Atta. Their membership will be approved if there are not any objections lodged within the statutory 10 day period. (See objection procedure below).

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12 September 2019

Twiga Tracker – Using modern technology to save reticulated giraffe and their habitat in northern Kenya

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San Diego Zoo Global (SDZG) collaborating with the Giraffe Conservation Foundation (GCF) and in partnership with the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS), Northern Rangeland Trust, Loisaba Conservancy, The Nature Conservancy, Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI), and BiK-F Senckenberg, recently undertook the single largest GPS satellite tagging of giraffe in history. Twenty-eight solar powered GPS satellite tracking units (so called ‘ossi-units’) were fitted to Endangered reticulated giraffe in a mix of public, private and communal land across northern Kenya in order to better understand their spatial movements and habitat use in the wild. “Knowing where giraffe are, how much space they need, and how they move across the landscape seasonally, is vital to inform effective conservation and planning. For the first time we will now have this information for the Endangered reticulated giraffe species,” says SDZG Community-based Conservation Ecologist David O’Connor, one of the leaders of this ground-breaking operation. “It was an immense, collaborative team effort, which is what is needed to move the needle forward in conservation.”

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11 September 2019

Texas hounds chase down rhino poachers in South Africa

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Dogs trained to run free in packs are revolutionizing anti-poaching efforts in Kruger National Park. Two years ago, Joe Braman was living a regular family life with his wife and two daughters on his remote ranch in southern Texas. A part time cop, businessman, and cowboy, he’d never given a thought to the rhino poaching crisis in South Africa. But in May 2018, Braman and his free-running hounds were sprinting across the acacia plains of Kruger National Park chasing armed rhino poachers. To date since then, according to authorities, his hounds have helped law enforcement teams in the greater Kruger region catch an unprecedented 145 poachers and confiscate 53 guns, boosting the overall rate of successful arrests and providing a new strategy to fight poaching in Africa.

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11 September 2019

First ever in-vitro embryos may mark the turn of the tide in the fate of the nearly extinct northern white rhino

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For decades the story of the northern white rhinoceros has been a tale of decline. The number of individuals shrank down to only two in 2018, rendering complete extinction as only a matter of time. An international consortium of scientists and conservationists has now achieved a milestone in assisted reproduction that may be a pivotal turning point in the fate of these magnificent animals. Using eggs collected from the two remaining females and frozen sperm from deceased males, they successfully created two northern white rhino embryos. The embryos are now stored in liquid nitrogen to be transferred into a surrogate mother in the near future.

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10 September 2019

Application for Membership - Grande Roche Hotel

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Grande Roche Hotel has applied to join Atta. Their membership will be approved if there are not any objections lodged within the statutory 10 day period. (See objection procedure below).

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10 September 2019

Is it time to start seeing conservation in Africa as a business opportunity, and not a charity?

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The Kigali convention centre in Rwanda, a vast, opulent dome-like structure, cost $300 million to build, and is reputed to be the most expensive building in Africa. Last weekend it hosted the Business of Conservation, the second annual conference organised by Fred Swaniker, an enterprising young Ghanaian who, at the inaugural conference last year, managed to garner pledges for $600 million to be spent on conservation projects around Africa.

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09 September 2019

Tanzania: Campaign to Use Arts in Promoting Tourism Launched

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The Deputy Minister for Natural resources and Tourism, Constantine Kanyasu has urged local artistes and prominent people to use their platforms to promote domestic tourism. Speaking yesterday in Dar es Salaam during a launching of a campaign to promote tourist attractions in the country, the deputy minister said the campaign's sole aim is to attract both local and foreign tourists. "Our attraction our economy" is the slogan that the campaign carries, he added. The Deputy Minister advised the prominent people in the country to come up with entertainment project ideas and concepts that will promote the tourist attractions while the government assured them a support when implementing it.

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09 September 2019

Kwita Izina: The names of the newborn gorillas - Rwanda

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It was pomp as thousands of people, including conservationists, celebrities, and citizens gathered in Kinigi to witness the naming of the newborn mountain gorillas. 25 babies were named by soccer legends, those in show business, conservationists, and leaders from different fields from across the world. The 15th edition was graced by President Paul Kagame as the guest of honor and was characterized by a series of entertainment to celebrate the newborn babies.

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06 September 2019

South Sudan turns to tourism in bid to draw line under past unrest

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When Carsten Lillelund Pedersen visited South Sudan in November he was almost turned back at the airport. The immigration official had never seen a tourist visa before. “They told me the country doesn’t have tourists,” said the Dane, 49, who travelled on a whim after visiting a friend in Uganda. While South Sudan has six national parks, 13 game reserves and is rich in biodiversity and resources, safaris are not uppermost in the mind when thinking about the wartorn nation. Five years of fighting killed almost 400,000 people, displaced millions and plunged pockets of the country into famine. Government and opposition forces alike have been accused of committing human rights atrocities, including the use of rape as a weapon of war.

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06 September 2019

Kenya tourism industry on growth path

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Kenya's tourism and hotel industry is growing faster in the sub-Sahara Africa, Africa Resort International chief executive officer Ainsley Dancombe said on Friday. Speaking in Nairobi, Dancombe said the Kenyan government has revolutionised service provision which he said has made it easy for investors to operate with ease. “I’m happy with the progress being made by the government. Kenya represents a bright spot in sub-Saharan Africa as an investment hub for both local and foreign investors,”he said.

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05 September 2019

Medivet Clients Reach One Million Donation Milestone in Support of Africa’s Rhinos

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Medivet clients have made an incredible one million donations to raise £500,000 for the Medivet Saving The Rhino campaign with Wilderness Foundation Africa*, the Veterinary company has announced today. Contributions made in the past four years by kind Medivet clients using Pennies** - the digital charity box within its practices - hit the remarkable £500,000 milestone this week. The millionth donation was made at Medivet 24 Hour Shrewsbury. Medivet clients are offered the opportunity to add 50 pence to their veterinary bill to support the campaign.

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05 September 2019

Congo gets $65m funding to protect earth's lung, Congo Basin

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Republic of Congo is joining an international program that will grant the country 60 million euros ($65.6 million) to better protect the rainforest and fight climate change. The country’s president, Denis Sassou N’Guesso, will formally sign up for the Central African Forest Initiative during a meeting Tuesday in Paris with French President Emmanuel Macron. The program’s financing is provided by a coalition of donors: the European Union, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, South Korea and the United Kingdom.

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04 September 2019

Transforming African conservation from old social cause into next-gen growth market

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Africa’s conservation challenges are daunting. The continent faces rapid human population growth, expanding agriculture and infrastructure, and globalized demand for its natural resources, including its forests, oceans, and wildlife. On top of that, Africa is expected to be particularly affected by climate change, which could produce more extreme weather events, exacerbate conflict, and drive large-scale human migration. On the surface it would seem that time is running short for African wildlife, but one Ghanian entrepreneur sees conservation as one of the great opportunities for Africa.

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04 September 2019

Prince Harry to Launch Green Travel Initiative

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Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex, will lead a global sustainable travel initiative to bring companies, consumers and communities together, he announced on Tuesday in Amsterdam. The initiative, called Travalyst, has been in the works for three years, Kensington Palace said. The duke began engaging in conversations with the travel industry in 2017, and the first official partnership meeting took place in January with a group of travel companies including Booking.com, Ctrip, Skyscanner, TripAdvisor and Visa, in hopes of making the tourism industry more environmentally responsible.

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03 September 2019

Dying pangolin saved by transfusion

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A pangolin named Fortunate who was rescued from a poacher’s bag has been given the blood of another pangolin at a veterinary hospital in Johannesburg in what is being described as the first procedure of its kind. When the ten-year-old scaly mammal was discovered in a police wildlife trafficking operation two months ago he was close to death from starvation and had an infection after his main claws had been plucked out. Fortunate is an African ground pangolin, also known as Temminck’s pangolin. He was handed in to the hospital two months ago by police. Karen Lourens carried out the transfusion after protein levels in Fortunate’s blood dropped, taking 30ml of blood from another rescued pangolin that was about to be returned to the wild. “It was a risk but it worked very well,” she said.

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03 September 2019

Conservation plan could help endangered primates in Africa

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A project co-led by the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol), Bristol Zoo and West African Primate Conservation Action is set to protect nine species of primate found across Africa. A five-year plan that will be sent to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), and which begins in 2020, sets out measures to protect the endangered Mangadrills.

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02 September 2019

Hunters turn gamekeepers to help Central Africa's threatened wildlife

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Jean moves deftly through the tangle of roots and branches before waiting for the rainforest to give him a clue. In the heart of the Dzanga-Sangha wildlife reserve in western Central African Republic, the Pygmy hunter is looking for the tracks of a large female elephant he has been following for the last three hours. The elephant is not Jean's prey, but rather the opposite. He is part of a force of local hunters who have trained to become rangers. Their mission: To protect the park's precious animals from ruthless poachers.

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02 September 2019

Tanzania launches website to market tourist sites in China

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The Tanzania Tourist Board (TTB) in collaboration with Baidu China have launched a website to advertise the country's tourist attractions aimed at attracting more tourists from China and Asian countries. Speaking at the Wander Planet Project and Tanzania Shop launch ceremony, Tanzania Ambassador to China, Mr Mbelwa Kairuki said the country attracts 34,000 tourists annually from China but with the website they expect to increase the number to 100,000. "The number could even increase further when Air Tanzania Corporation Ltd (ATCL) launches its route to China because the Chinese hate to connect and with our direct flight the number will increase," he stressed.

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