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  1. I remember that African Parks first reports from Akagera National Park, Rwanda, were reporting snares in similar numbers. The state of the park today shows it is posible to reduce it at very low level, if efforts are put on law enforcement resources. I am confident in KWS to take into account this alert and manage the situation.
  2. I have just posted here something related with post #5 from @inyathi. I started another post because the title is Angola's lion, while my post is focused on wild dogs and cheetah survey in two Angolan parks called Pupa and Bicuar. Both still holds wild dogs, but cheetah and lion were found absent.
  3. On June 22, I received a notification from the Cheetah and Wild Dog Carnivore project about a survey that ended in two Angolan protected areas located in the South of the country called Bicuar and Mupa national parks. The notification was saying that they will be starting shortly another survey in Kissama, located in the North West of the country. The surveys is a large mammal survey based on spoor (tracks) counts, direct observations, questionnaires/interviews and camera trapping. The first and last techniques helped them to make some estimation of densities and populations when the number of spoors where sufficient. Lion: in both parks, lions are absent, excepted some vagrant animals. Its main prey the buffalo is absent of both protected areas. Leopard: present. Cheetah: absent since ages (1970's). Wild dogs: present in both parks with many sightings on camera traps in Bicuar. Abundance estimated at 0,65/100km2 in Bicuar which is very relevant. The state of Mupa is very bad, the Northern part of the park is invaded by people. The authors of the report consider that the park should be re-gazetted but should not be declassified as wild dogs are still present. The authors also report that the management of Bicuar was good, which is a good surprise for me. Such a park should receive help from international donors as it might protect an important stronghold for wild dogs in Angola. Here is the link of the report: https://cheetahandwilddog.files.wordpress.com/2017/04/bicuarmupafinalreport_march2017.pdf The cheetah and wild dog National Action Plan for Angola has been updated in October 2016 to include the last results in the previous report (which execution is part of the Action Plan). Important is to notice that cheetah is reported present Iona National Park from a 2010 survey led by the Cheetah Conservation Fund (based in Namibia) and from South East Angola in Luengue-Luiana and Mavinga National Parks. I do not know if Iona will be included in the current survey. http://www.cheetahandwilddog.org/WP/staging/9849/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/National-Conservation-Strategy-for-Cheetah-and-Wild-Dogs-in-Angola_English_FINAL.pdf
  4. I am currently reading dozens of scientific papers and reviews from Central and West Africa, and I recently found this article from Bauer: http://www.rocal-lion.org/documents/Rapport Carnivores Benoue.pdf The report deals with the estimation of lions in the Faro-Benoue-Boubandjida complex in Northern Cameroon, which is considered as the stronghold of lions in the country and in Central Africa. The other population is located in Waza. It is much smaller and has reduced a lot in the last decades for various reasons: reduction of prey densities because of the construction of the Maga dam (which does not allow the Logone river to flood the Waza plains during the rainy season as before), severe drought, livestock encroachment, poaching, Boko Haram issue. Except for elephants, all large mammals population are now very reduced compared to the seventies. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/264429209_Population_trends_of_antelopes_in_Waza_National_Park_Cameroon_show_escalating_effects_of_poaching_and_livestock_intrusion https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Paul_Scholte2/publication/262678828_Population_trends_of_antelopes_in_Waza_National_Park_Cameroon_from_1960_to_2001_the_interacting_effects_of_rainfall_flooding_and_human_interventions/links/02e7e5386e03ad9552000000/Population-trends-of-antelopes-in-Waza-National-Park-Cameroon-from-1960-to-2001-the-interacting-effects-of-rainfall-flooding-and-human-interventions.pdf http://www.academicjournals.org/journal/AJEST/article-full-text-pdf/41A70FC13114 The method used is spoor count (Funston formula method) and was implemented in the central hunting blocks and the three national park, in an area covering 24.500 km2. The 55 transects chosen in this study cover a total length larger than 800 km. Lions were found in all the areas surveyed and results proved to be statistically significant, which means that the confidence interval is very reduced and thus that the estimation resulted of high precision. It is considered that cheetah and wild dogs disapeared from the area in the last two decades and this study confirms this assertion, with no footprint detected for these two species. The study results show that lion is present in the study area at a density of 1 lion per 100 km2, leopards are present at a density of 1,3/100km2, and hyena are present at a density of 5,7/100km2. This gives a total lion population of 250 (243-258), a total leopard population of 316 (307-325), and a total hyena population of 1376 (1352-1400). Highest lion densities are to be found in Faro National Park, followed by Benoué National Park. Boubandjida densities are twice lower than in the hunting blocks, which are around 1 lion per 100 km2. I am surprised to know that lion densities at Boubandjida are much lower than around Benoué, as preys were found in high densities in the 2008 aerial count (0,75 animals/km2 at Boubandjida, 0,4/km2 at Benoué, 0,2/km2 at Faro) http://www.elephantdatabase.org/system/population_submission_attachments/files/000/000/060/original/svyFCCMNOR2008AT.pdf http://papaco.org/fr/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/METT-BENOUE.pdf The authors report that the main threat is that livestock is omnipresent in the study area, which represents an increase compared to the results of the 2008 aerial count. The study is integrated in the Cameroun Conservation Action Plan for lion. One of its objective was to define lions trophy quota in each areas. http://www.catsg.org/fileadmin/filesharing/3.Conservation_Center/3.4._Strategies___Action_Plans/African_lion/MINFOF_2007_Conservation_Action_Plan_for_the_lion_Cameroon.pdf
  5. Better late than never, the press release was published on the Peace Parks website: http://www.peaceparks.org/news.php?pid=1696&mid=1751&lid=1005 It is true that rhino poaching principally from Mozambique striking Kruger National Park is a huge issue, but when I see project such as this one or the Maputo restocking project, I am happy to see that ANAC and partners are collaborating to recover vast areas of wilderness. Someone interested to visit Zinave in the folowing years?
  6. Thank you very much @wenchy for this back experience!
  7. One more fantastic videos from this amazing trip!
  8. @Kitsafari I am amazed by the quantity and the quality of sightings you had during this safari! I would say that you have been particularly lucky to spot this leopard!!!!!!!! Thank you so much to take the time to post all these pictures and share your fantastic experience with us!
  9. Farne islands are a real paradise! It is the place to go as a wildlife photographer in England, especially for bird lovers.
  10. I really appreciate you Trip Report. Thank you very much for sharing with us your amazing journey!
  11. @Tom Kellie It is very sad that all the news are censured in China. I remember long conversation between my mates Robin from Austria, Hamid from Syria and Ti Lu from China when I was studying in England. It was sometimes had difficult discussions about Tibet, I then really understand what you say, the information you have in China is clearly no impartial and independent. Do you have wikipedia in open acceso there?
  12. Lava jato is corruption affair in Brazil which involves all the political parties including Dilma Roussef and the current President Muchel Temer. From wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Car_Wash) Operation Car Wash (Portuguese: Operação Lava Jato) is an investigation being carried out by the Federal Police of Brazil, Curitiba Branch, and judicially commanded by Judge Sérgio Moro since March 17, 2014. Initially a money laundering investigation, it has expanded to cover allegations of corruption at the state-controlled oil company Petrobras, where executives allegedly accepted bribes in return for awarding contracts to construction firms at inflated prices. This criminal "system" is known as "Petrolão - Operation Car Wash".[4] The operation has included more than a hundred warrants for search and seizure, temporary and preventive detention and coercive measures, with the aim of ascertaining a money laundering scheme suspected of moving more than R$30 billion (approx. US$8.94bn as of November 22, 2016).[citation needed] Because of the exceptionality of their actions, lawyers accuse the operation of "selectivity" and "partiality" in their case, being "a criminal case that violated minimum rules of defense for a large number of defendants".[5] On January 19, 2017, a small plane carrying Brazilian Supreme Court Justice Teori Zavascki crashed into the sea near the tourist city of Paraty in the state of Rio de Janeiro, killing the magistrate and four other people. Zavascki had been handling the politically-charged Operation Car Wash corruption trials.[6]
  13. Well, I think we all agree that CAR is a completely failed country with recurrent civil rebelions, home of several rebels groups in the Eastern part of the country, with very little industry. The government is now only controlling the capital Bangui and really northing else. It has absolutely no resources to ensure law enforcement in its giant protected areas in the North East of the country, that have been totally destroyed by massive poaching and encroached by pastoralists from Chad and Sudan. The only exception is Dzangha Sangha in the South that receives massive help from international NGO and donors. Bouché (2012) wrote an article concerning the Northern region entitled: "Game over! Wildlife collapse in Northern Central African Republic" which resumes well the situation there. I am thus very doubtful when I see that its scores high for mega fauna conservation. Well the article is submitted by well known scientists such as Lindsey and Henschel, but I had a very quick look and finds weird results. Have a good day!
  14. I am sorry, I made a mistake, I meant 2007 instead of 2017. The source is IUCN and UNESCO website.

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