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  1. I have discovered when going through my photographs from Majete that my guide was not quite as good at bird identification as he would have had me believe. I have found several of the bird IDs that he made to subsequently be incorrect. Most of them I have managed to correct but I have not managed to get this one yet.
  2. Here is the August 2018 APN Monthly newsletter: https://www.african-parks.org/ceo-report/august2017 APN is working hard to reintroduce black rhinos in Zakouma in the next dry season, and are working closely with the governmente of Chad to manage the new Ennedi Natural and Cultural Reserve in the North of the country. They are also working on an extension of the area under their management in the larger Zakouma region. Lions reintroduction in Liwonde is planned for next year, where the cheetahs are still going well. The situation is still very dificult in Chinko because of the civil crisis in CAR. Bangweuleu game reintrouction is going well, with large herds of pukus reintroduced in the last weeks.
  3. Sorry this report has taken so long to get started but being as its roots were laid in 2013 then a couple of months is a mere blink of an eye! So, back in 2013, we got a very intriguing proposal for a tour of Malawi from Mary-Anne Bartlett of Art Safari, who specialise in running group painting holidays in Africa & many other places. Although we didn’t take it up at the time, heading off to Madagascar instead, we kept it “on-file” as a future possible. After “bit of a financial windfall” and very nearly 25 years after our first taste of Africa, we thought it might be nice to have a “family” holiday again, so offered our not-so-very youngsters a “one-off, never to be repeated offer” of a free holiday - not surprisingly they jumped at the chance!. I came up with 4 possibilities, including the original Malawi trip and in a democratic “single transferable vote” ballot, the Malawi trip won in the first round. After a few discussions with Mary-Anne and Lareine who runs Close Encounters Africa,the tailor-made division of Art Safari, we arrived at the ”almost silver jubilee” itinerary below, leaving LHR on the evening of 2nd June. Day 1: Arrive Lilongwe airport & light-aircraft transfer to Nkhotakota (Bua River Lodge - 2 nights). Day 3: Transfer to Salima Bay (Livingstonia Hotel 1 night). Day 4: Transfer to Mumbo Island (3 nights). Day 7: Transfer to Liwonde NP (Mvuu camp for 3 nights). Day 10: Transfer to Zomba Plateau (Zomba Forest Lodge for 2 nights). Day 12: Transfer to Majete Wildlife Reserve (Thawale Lodge for 3 nights). Day 15: Transfer to Blantyre airport for international flight home. So, late afternoon on the 2nd June saw 2 cars converge at the long stay T2 car park for our Ethiopian Airlines flight from Heathrow via Addis Ababa to Lilongwe and after a perfectly acceptable & on-time pair of flights we were met airside by a representative from Ulando Airlink who sped us through the multitude of checks that is Malawian immigration. After collecting our bags, sorting what we were going to take with us on the light aircraft to Nkhotakota & changing some money we met Eric from local agents Land & Lake Safaris who was taking the rest of our luggage and would be our driver/guide after Nkhotakota in a couple of days time. Formalities done, we had time for a quick drink before, we were taken out to meet Stuart, pilot of the “shoe-box with wings” for our hop over to the Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve. Although none of us are great fans of light aircraft this was as smooth & pleasant a flight as it gets and soon the Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve and Bua River were underneath us. before we banked round to land at the airstrip. And yes, that airstrip is as short, sloping & tree lined as it looks! Unfortunately, this is where things unravelled in a big way as, and the more eagle eyed amongst you may have already noticed this on the above picture, there was no-one to meet us! Initial thoughts were well, that’s OK, perhaps there are some elephants on the track or they’ve had a puncture, we’ll wait a bit, but after ~½hr it was clear that no-one was coming. This, though was just the start as there was no mobile phone signal on the airstrip and just to compound things, Stuart was anticipating heading off to the south of Lake Malawi after dropping us off, ready for an early flight the following morning. This meant we’d taken off from the long tarmac runway at Lilongwe with a heavy fuel load and wouldn’t be able to take off from the short sloping dirt strip we were on with that fuel load & 4 adult passengers It was clearly time for some creative thinking but the best we could come up with was for Stuart to take off, climb until he had radio/mobile reception, try to contact someone and arrange for us to be picked up & taken to the lodge however if he couldn’t do that he would fly back to Lilongwe & come back again having taken fuel out or swapped aircraft & take us back to Lilongwe. With this “plan” in place, Stuart departed and circled above us for ~30min before heading off to the south so as the shadows lengthened and only a distant warthog family for company we waited…. Time elapses very slowly when you are standing out in the middle of nowhere and previous experience of being out in the bush counts for nothing when you’re there on your own, constantly looking round and listening out for the rustle of leaves or, more optimistically, first hint of an engine noise but suddenly the familiar shape of a safari Land Rover appeared from the opposite direction we were expecting and as it got closer we all let out a huge sign of relief. Our relief was somewhat short lived however as the occupants of the Landy knew nothing about us! It transpired that they were from Tongole Lodge (George, intern at Tongole & William, new guide) and, having no guests stopping, had taken the opportunity to go and do a bit of fishing and were heading back to the Lodge when they spotted us on the airstrip & came to investigate. They were quick to offer to take us to Tongole Lodge where although they didn’t have mobile phone reception they did have internet access so we could attempt to contact the outside world. After a very welcome cold drink and with Skype & WhatsApp attempts proving fruitless, George offered to drive us over to Bua River Lodge (on the other side of the park!) and about half way there, as dusk was falling, a cloud of dust heralded the arrival of Sam Kamoto (African Parks Nkhotakota Park Manager) who had received a call (from David Kelly, Tongole Lodge Manager who was in Lilongwe & hence in mobile phone contact) to say that we were stranded on the airfield. Sam who at the time was in Nkhotakota town, some 1hrs drive away, had immediately dropped everything to come and pick us up and take us to the main gate where, apparently, we were to be picked up by the Nkhotakota Pottery Lodge & taken there for the night. Sam also said that according to the Park records, neither Bua River or Tongole Lodges were due to have guests but being as neither George or William had anything better to do, had never been over to Bua River Lodge and it was pretty much on-the way, we opted to call by on the way and allow Sam to get back to finish off his work. By this time it was pitch dark and sure enough Bua River was empty with only Godfrey the manager there on his own. Clearly we couldn’t stay there so we headed to the gate but, once again, there was no sign of anyone to pick us up! Unlike the airstrip however, the gate staff were still there to tell us that Sam had told them on his way out that the Pottery Lodge were on their way and would be with us “soon”. Sure enough, it wasn’t too long before the roar of a big diesel disturbed the peace and in a scene reminiscent of “Close Encounters” a bank of intense white lights pierced the darkness to announce the arrival of Harold in his ex.Berlin Fire Truck! After saying a heartfelt thank-you to George & William, we all piled over into the truck for the 1hr journey to the Lodge where, absolutely exhausted and nerves shredded, we ended our first day in Malawi - As the old “New Labour” slogan went, things can only get better!!
  4. Hi guys, There`s suddenly a possibility for a safari next year at the end of june or start of july. Since this is a birthday present for my girlfriend, It`s a safari and beach (Lake Malawi) option. We only have 7-8 days. Would probably need to fly in to Lilongwe. Does anyone have any tips for a safari that meets those criteria. I want a proper safari before going to the beach, it seems my best option is either Majete or going into South Luangwa, Zambia and then Lake Malawi. Afraid that the distances between those will eat away at our trip. Any suggestions and tips? Tryning to find something at good value. Not to break the bank Best regards, ronhalv
  5. Here is the last newsletter from African Parks. Interesting is to note that Liuwa current Manager Robert Reid will take the position of Field Operation Manager in Siniaka Minia, Chad. I have tried to find further information about this news, but I did not find anything about. APN's interest in Siniaka Minia was released in an article a couple of years ago, but no official communication from the Chadian authorities or from our preferred NGO was done until now on this matter. I hence understand that there is a new conservation project in the air in Chad, which is great and shows the strong commitment of this country for conservation of its wildlife and natural national heritage. There are some important advances in OROA in the Swahilian ecoregion, Ennedi was declared as a World Heritage in 2015 with a project with APN to manage this area as a natural and cultural reserve, Ounianga lakes few years before, Zakouma administration was given to APN in 2010. https://africanparksreports5.org
  6. Samuel Kamoto My name is Samuel C. Kamoto and I am the Extension and Environmental Education Coordinator for African Parks, Majete. I am responsible for community engagement in order to build a constituency for conservation for Majete Wildlife Reserve. My job responsibilities include but are not limited to: Increasing income of resource poor households through conservation related income generating activities. Promoting Environmental Education, raise general awareness and establish an in-depth understanding of opportunities which are created by sustainable management of natural resources outside and inside the reserve. Enhancing networking with other conservation groups and organizations undertaking extension and Environmental Education activities; Developing capacity of Education & Extension staff to enable better management, implementation and monitoring of the community Program. Mainstreaming cross cutting issues such as HIV, gender, human rights, climate change in the program in partnership with other NGOs. Contributing to raising literacy levels around Majete through the Majete scholarship program to orphans and vulnerable children. Mobilizing financial resources for Community Engagement program especially on IGAs. African Parks is a non-profit organisation that takes on direct responsibility for the rehabilitation and long-term management of National Parks, in partnership with governments and local communities. By adopting a business approach to conservation, supported by donor funding, African Parks aim to make each park sustainable in the long-term, thereby contributing to economic development and poverty alleviation. We currently manage seven parks in six countries - Malawi, Chad, Congo, DRC, Rwanda and Zambia - with a combined area of 4.1 million hectares. To find out more about Majete, visit the relevant African Parks website here - www.african-parks.org/Park_1_Majete.html --------------------------- What is the name of your village/local community and what is your role within it? My name is Samuel Kamoto, from Majete Mathithi Camp which is the Park headquarters. My Role: I am the Community Extension and Education Coordinator, (prior to joining AP, I worked with the department of National Parks and Wildlife for 20 years in park management and Education positions. Worked in Majete while based at Lengwe National park in the early 1980s.) How are you personally involved with African Parks? I coordinate Extension and Education activities. Working with 19 Community based organisation, (CBO), purposely established around the reserve to act as conduits for information exchange between the park and communities who are our prime stakeholders in the management of the Park. CBOs are also a channnel through which we implement various interventions to respond a number of issues such as poverty, illiteracy, health etc. Historically, what did the Majete region mean to local communities? The Majete area was historically used for agriculture, fishing and hunting. It was also a source of building materials. Although the soils of Majete Game Reserve are very shallow and stony and appear unsuitable for cultivation and settlement, fragments of pottery are found all over the reserve. It is possible that in the past the soils were better, and the area was heavily settled. As a result of poor agricultural practices the soils became poor and the people moved away and abandoned the area. Hence, as wildlife was exterminated and pushed from other parts of the lower Shire valley by increasing human population, the Majete area acted as a reserve for many species. In particular the elephant, once common throughout the Shire Valley and giving the name “Elephant Marsh”, was then confined in the Majete area. It was to protect this remnant elephant population that the Nyasaland Fauna Preservation Society, (now Wildlife and Environmental Society of Malawi), pushed for Majete’s protection. Largely as a result of this pressure the area around Majete Hill was declared a non hunting area in 1951 and later in 1955, a 500 Km2 Game Reserve was proclaimed. Unfortunately this reserve took no account of the need for dry season water and so in 1969 the reserve was extended to 700 Km2 to include the perennial Mkulumadzi River, Shire River and the historical Kapichira Falls. Prior to the African Parks organisation's involvement, how did the local communities benefit from Majete as a resource? I.e., collection of wood for fires, use of wildlife as a protein source etc? Communities were collecting wood and thatch grass, hunting, logging, making charcoal and fishing though this was done illegally because Majete was still a reserve governed by the National Parks and Wildlife Act, despite it being poorly managed. It was this poor management and laxity in law enforcement that the local people took advantage of and they engaged in various illegal activities as mentioned above. Growing up within the Majete area, how do you remember Majete from the past and what stories can you recall your parents/grandparents telling you about it? Can you share some of their memories, for example what wildlife they remember, what it used to be like hunting for food etc? I remember Majete as a mass of rough, stony hills with poor Brachystegia, (Miombo), woodland with a number of small streams which were drying up in rainless months. The animals were obtaining their water requirements from a stretch of the Shire River which formed the north eastern boundary of Majete and also from a stretch of the Wankulumadzi River, (now known as Mkulumadzi). Water was also held in the “Miwawa’ waterhole in the Phwazi stream. Majete was then regarded as a very difficult place to be developed as a tourist attraction because of its rugged nature but was nevertheless a sanctuary worth preserving for a number of reasons: being large enough to contain elephants and rhinoceros. The reserve was regarded as utterly useless for either agriculture or forestry. I learnt from the elders that Majete was a home of then rare Nyasa Klipspringer, (Oreotragus aceratos), which was found nowhere in Malawi but Majete. Other species which I remember seeing during my visits to Majete in the early 1980s were elephant, eland, kudu, water buck, zebra, warthog, bush pig, lion, leopard and hippopotamus. I also heard stories of wild dogs being found in the area. How did African Parks first approach local communities surrounding Majete and what were your initial thoughts about a foreign organisation coming into the area? Setting up collaborative management structures, (sharing accountability and decision making), was the first step together with sensitization meeting about the new management and what it intended to do to rehabilitate the park as well as its plans for building support and trust from the local communities. The structures were as follows: 19 CBOs established around Majete Wildlife Reserve as conduits for community engagement. All CBOs have boards and report to the boards. Majete Wildlife Reserve Association is an umbrella body for the CBOs. Reports to Joint Liaison committee. Meets quarterly. Aimed at sharing experiences, knowledge and challenges and receive reports from African Parks Majete, (APM). Joint Liaison Committee, (JLC), a multi-stakeholder technical committee plays an advisory role to APM and assists with conflict resolution and management affecting communities. Meets quarterly. Annual stakeholders meeting - attended by technocrats, tour operators and journalists. (APM makes a presentation of achievements and issues and seek inputs from stakeholders.) The initial thoughts were that government had sold the reserve to foreigners to promote tourism for the benefit of government and its partners and not for the benefit of the local people. From the beginning,how have local communities been integrated into the conservation decision making process and management of Majete? Through the structures mentioned above which are functioning very well to date, When Majete was first fenced, how were local communities affected? How quickly was the decision to fence and protect, what traditionally had been "your" area, accepted by local people and how much opposition was there initially? The local communites knew very well that they were utilising the park illegally. They knew pretty well that they were taking advantage of a weak managment and therefore there wasn't much resistance. Those affected were the ones who were involved in illegal activities in the park. What compensation was offered and by who? No compensation was made. And now, how important is it that Majete is fenced, both for surrounding communities and the wildlife and ecosystem within? For the communities: no more crop raiding. For the park , the fence protects the animals from straying out of the park and cuts the risk of being killed by local communities. The fence also helps in ensuring that poachers find it difficult to enter and get out the park illegally. Yes, they can get into the park because some of the people who were involved in construction know well how the fence functions. For management again we have created a barrier that stops animals from free ranging and therefore Majete is not 100% pristine and hence the need for active managment. How apprehensive were your communities when large animal species were reintroduced to the reserve? In the past, had such animals been a danger to local people, (whether to lives, farming, livelyhood etc.) through human vs. wildlife conflict? And what was done to reassure local people that such incidents what not occur in future? Yes people were apprehensive. The fear of having elephants raiding crops, lions and leopard attacking livestock and eating people was expressed time and again during awareness meetings that were being held prior to reintroductions. Intensive awaress meetings were organised prior to all reintroductions to dispel the fears. People were also made aware of the effectivenss of the predator proof electric fence. With time people believed in the plan because when and if there has been isolated animal break aways they have been dealt with professionally before any loss is incured. What changes have you witnessed to both the reserve itself and surrounding areas since African Parks involvement? Vegetation cover has improved greatly in general. There has been regeneration of some wooded tree species. However, with the increase in numbers of elephants, we have also witnessed their impact - particularly to riverine vegetation with species like Umbrella Acacia, (Acacia tortilis), and Baobab, (Adansonia digitata), being affected most. Animals that once lived in Majete but were poached to extinction have been re introduced. Majete is now a home to lions, elephants, rhinoceros, buffalo etc. Majete is now one of the leading tourism destinations in Malawi and stands as an excellent example of how biodiversity conservation can go hand-in-hand with rural community development. In the surrounding communites: Communites are more cooperative. No more antagonism, no more booing of scouts as they interact and walk in the surrouding villages. There are a number of sustainable community development projects being championed by communities themselves with AP just providing guidance or in some cases working capital. What benefits do communities now derive from Majete and how are such benefits, whether financial or otherwise, equally distributed? About 140,000 people live around Majete, (in roughly a 5 km band around the reserve), and it is vital that this local community derives real and tangible benefits from the Reserve in order to ensure its long term survival. Sustainable resource harvesting, (e.g. harvesting of thatching grass and reeds), is permitted within the Reserve, whilst micro-enterprises such as bee-keeping, vegetable growing, arts and craft making have been initiated in conjunction with community members - setting them on a promising road to rural development. A community-managed campsite near the entrance gate provides a regular and sustainable source of income for the community projects. AP has always placed emphasis on educational activities and programs within the areas surrounding its parks. This includes providing financial support for secondary school and tertiary students through the Majete Scholarship Fund and Environmental Education outreach programs during which pupils learn about conservation issues, their impacts and solutions to the issues. 100 students in various secondary schools are being support by the Majete Bursary. Majete is also currently paying fees for 3 university students. Selection of students for the bursary is done with the community leaders. Only orphaned and vulnerable children are selected. One of the most important benefits to local communities is employment, especially considering that each economically active person supports an average of eight people. Employment has risen ten-fold at Majete since AP took over management, from just 12 people in 2003 to over 120 permanent employees today, with many more employed on a temporary basis and in a range of support businesses. How are African Parks investing in the younger generation from local communities? What is being done regards their education, training, taking them into the reserve and sensitising them to its wildlife and ecosystems etc? Providing scholarships as mentioned above. Environmental Education – working with 35 schools around the park which include park visits and outreach programs.Students being taught how to identify environmental issues and risks, their impacts and how to respond to the issues and risks. How are your communities involved in tourism management decisions? The communites own a community campsite and participate fully in its management. AP provides oversight. All revenue generated goes to communites. There is a community visit as one of tourist activities. Visitors pay to be taken on community visits and revenue generated goes to the communities. The communities are responsible for organising the activities which include traditional dances, display of traditional houses, foods, matmaking etc. How many people from surrounding districts are directly employed in Majete? (Whether it be tourism services, security, rangers, administration etc and what positions do they hold? Already mentioned in point 13 above. How do you share your culture with international tourists? Through organised community visits as mentioned in point 15 above. What are your hopes for the future, not only for the Majete Reserve but your communities which surround it? For Majete my hope is that the reserve will maintain what it has achieved. For the communities, my hope is that they will continue to be cooperative and continue reaping the benefits resulting from professional management of Majete. The future for communities is bright. Matt's note: I recently interviewed Michael Eustace of African Parks including a number of questions about Majete Wildlife Reserve here. All photos courtesy and copyright Samuel Kamoto/African Parks. The views expressed therein are solely those of the interviewee and do not necessarily reflect those of Safaritalk.
  7. Here is the NGO 2016 anual report: https://api.african-parks.org/system/annual_reports/downloadables/000/000/030/original/2016_African_Parks_Annual_Report_Impact_Defined.pdf?utm_source=Updated+strategic+list&utm_campaign=00923c1f87-African_Parks_February_2017_CEO_s_Report3_29_2017&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_1f080ba31b-00923c1f87-326177169 There are huge efforts to reintroduce species and recover landscapes in difference parks. - Zakouma: elephant population has reached 500 animals. - Chinko: APN is securing a core area where wild dogs, lions, elephants and lord derby elands are to be found. - Garamba: Since Junce the NGO has successfully stabilized the situation after a loss of 3 rangers and 100 known elephants carcasses. - Akagera: Lions population has doubled in less than two years after the big cat reintroduction. - Odzala: Efforts are pursued to control the bushmeat crisis in the Central Africa wilderness. - Liwonde/Majete/Nkhotakota: Big game species and elephants translocation to Nkhotakota project phase 1 was a major success. - Liuwa: Large predators continue to recover in this park holding the second largest wildebeest migration in the world. - Banweuleu: Plans are underway to reintroduce game species. Plans are underway at Ennedi (Chad), Pendjari (Benin), Bazaruto (Mozambique), Buffalo Springs and Shaba (Kenya) to ad new adquisitations to the portfolio. The Ethiopian authorities blocked the NGO bank accounts and plans are compromised at Gambella.
  8. I let you the March-April 2017 APN Monthly report: https://africanparksreports3.org Here is Peter Fearnhead's letter:
  9. Good people of Safaritalk! It's time to shed some light on what is going on in terms of wildlife and safari life in the Warm Heart of Africa, namely Malawi. A lot of us have been following the work of African Parks for many years now and they have done some extraordinary things in the name of conservation in Africa. Majete Wildlife Reserve is the first project that they took on and managed to pull off the mighty achievement of restoring and rehabilitating a depleted and barren reserve, putting it back in its former glory and providing a safe haven for all life that lives there. I work as a guide for Robin Pope Safaris, and in 2016 I was offered the opportunity to move to Majete and practice my passion and interests in this beautiful part of Africa. It has been almost a year now and I think it's time for me to share with you all the wonders that this place has to offer. I'm truly privileged to work for a company like RPS and be able to pass on their great legacy. Together with the guides, managers and the rest of the team at Mkulumadzi Lodge, we are striving everyday towards excellency in everything we do and to promote this up and coming new safari gem that is Malawi. I will let the photos speak for how the season has been: The view from our lodge over the Shire River. Majete is home to the beautiful Nyala. Big old elephant bull. Lichtensteins Hartebeests are thriving in the reserve. Nothing gets your heart pumping like a Black Rhino sighting! Waiting in line at the water hole. Our beautiful Majete lions. We now have 8 lions in the reserve. Two brothers see to the protection of the pride. This is Chimwala ( the Big Rock ) And this is Sapitwa (Don't Go There) with the pride's newest addition. Talk about a sighting! A Python that just swallowed a Warthog piglet! It's always special to see a Sable Antelope. Grysbok! A tricky one to find. Dark-Backed Weavers. Lots of Bateleur eagles. Simply beautiful beyond belief. There are plenty of leopards in Majete but they are still not habituated to people and vehicles and are not yet ready to share their secretive lives with us. We lucked out on a night drive and came across a female with two cubs, so they are obviously doing well. Mean old buff. So this has been a tiny little taste of what Majete is all about. To think that in only 14 years this place has been transformed from from an empty piece of land to a thriving wildlife reserve for Malawi to be proud of! That to me is what makes this place special. As humans we are capable of eliminating other species from the face of the Earth, but where there is heart and will, extraordinary things take place and we can give back what we have once taken out, little by little. Stay tuned for more updates from Majete and don't hesitate to get in touch to find out more about this place. Warm greetings from the Warm Heart of Africa. /Erik Nyman
  10. https://africanparksupdate10.org I am very happy to see that some progress is being done to manage Pendjari in Benin, which is the best protected area of West Africa.
  11. This is the last report from APN. https://africanparksupdate8.org
  12. Has anyone got a comment on this proposed itinerary for a family trip to Malawi next year? There will be 4 of us and our initial thoughts are to go early/mid June? We like this because it’s a nice mix of the bush, the beach & a chance to see something of Malawi, plus, it’s “linear” - flying into Lilongwe & out of Blantyre so avoids back tracking. We’ll have a driver for all the transfers & to take us “sightseeing” both en-route and around Zomba. Day 1: Arrive Lilongwe airport & light-aircraft transfer to Nkhotakota (Bua River Lodge for 2 nights) – game drives, walks etc, right in the elephant translocation area. Day 3: Transfer to Salima Bay (Livingstonia Hotel) ~2½hrs - on the bank of Lake Malawi & there is a cichlid breeding centre nearby Day 4: Transfer to Mumbo Island 3-4hrs including boat transfer, 10km offshore in Lake Malawi, for 3 nights of relaxation, kayaking, sailing & snorkelling. Mua Mission cultural museum is en-route. Day 7: Transfer to Liwonde NP (Mvuu camp for 3 nights) ~4½hrs including boat transfer –game drives , boat trips, walks including in the Rhino Sanctuary Day 10: Transfer to Zomba Plateau (Zomba Forest Lodge for 2 nights) ~2½hrs – the old colonial administration centre +, from the top of the plateau, “the best views in the British Empire”. Day 12: Transfer to Majete Wildlife Reserve (Thawale Lodge for 3 nights) ~2¾hrs – a final fix of game drives , boat trips and walks. Day 15: Transfer to Blantyre airport <2hrs for international flight home All feedback appreciated Thanks
  13. Here is May APN monthly report: https://africanparksupdate5.org New cubs in Akagera National Park, Rwanda, raising the current population of lions to 14 animals, including 7 cubs. A new strategy to limit elephant poaching at Garamba National Park, DRC. Preparation of a massive elephant (and big game) translocation in Malawi. Securing 3000 km2 at Chinko, CAR.
  14. Here is the last report from APN. As far as I know, there was no release for March. https://africanparksupdate3.org Great news for Zakouma where the last census/Survey concluded to an increase of large game species, with more than 80 elephants calves seen since 2014. The NGO is about to share the results of Liuwa census in the following weeks. Lion cubs seen in Akagera. Wild dogs, lions and large giant eland herds spotted at Chinko. At Garamba, the situation is bleak, but APN is trying to raise further funds to reinforce staffing, and develop new tactics, to halt elephant poaching which is on the increase.
  15. I would like to share the february 2016 APN monthly report. New elephant poaching cases in Liwonde and Garamba, where giraffe and elephant collaring were underway. In Zakouma, some few sightings of cheetah in the Eastern side of the park. Preparation of the massive elephant translocation in Malawi and rhinos reintroduction in Akagera. http://africanparksupdate2.org
  16. I would like to share with you the first APN newsletter of the year 2016: http://africanparksupdate.org/ The NGO starts again with monthly reports.
  17. Here is the new quarterly report of APN: http://us8.campaign-archive2.com/?u=31a2a8f9bbef669281a70dd6a&id=56e083e8f8&e=[uNIQID]

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