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demshyna posted a topic in Park talkI have been reading several tour itineraries and I have realized many says that of late things have changed in lake Nakuru National park and that at times there are not as many flamingos. They go ahead to say that they are on high population when the lake is shallow alkaline and warm. Its basically the time algae grows and flamingos flock the lake to feed on it. My question now comes in. When is the right time to have these conditions? I will appreciate your help fellow travelers.
http://voices.nationalgeographic.com/2014/11/12/a-massive-new-marine-protected-area-network-in-gabon/ http://www.gabon-vert.com/l-actualite/l-actualite/25387/les-emirats-arabes-unis-offrent-un-appui-opportun-pour-la-surveillance It will cover 46 000 km2, representing a 23% of Gabon waters. Mayumba national park extension will ensure protection of 26 000 km2 marine hotspot. Humpback whales are really common in the Gabon waters, especially in Mayumba and Loango National Park. The Emirates will provide boats and a radar plane to ensure real protection in the protected areas. For those interested in traveling in Gabon, you can considerer a stay in the excepcional Loango National park to see gorilla, elephants and buffaloes on the beaches, while hippos surf in the waves. http://www.africas-eden.com Here is an excellent website, a real mine of information about Gabon http://carnetsdevoyages.jeanlou.fr
Roxanne posted a topic in AfricaA reminder for anyone planning a trip to camps that are on the Botswana side of the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park: the Nossob section ranger has appealed for Botswana visitors *not* to use Nossob's facilities, including filling their tanks with water, and using the ablutions. For more about this: see here. Come on Kgalagadi lovers, spread the word and let’s all enjoy the unique character of each camp as it was intended – without stepping on the toes of others.
In a quick twiter and facebook survey to find out which protected areas in Kenya are best managed, I got a diversity of responses from the general public that revealed a real (and scarey) ignorance of what management of a protected area involves and how to measure performance. What criteria would you use to evaluate effectiveness of park management? And, how would you go about evaluating these measures? Finally, are there any specific protected areas in Africa that really stand out for you as a role model for being "well managed", and why?