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The women behind the comeback: How one of Africa’s national parks is thriving after war

The women behind the comeback: How one of Africa’s national parks is thriving after war

By Dan Tham, CNN In the middle of Mozambique, at the southern end of the Great African Rift Valley, Gorongosa National Park is a haven for wildlife.Crocodiles patrol its rivers, hippos splash in its lakes, antelopes graze on the floodplains and lions stalk the savanna, looking for their next meal. Some of the park's creatures, such as the Mount Gorongosa pygmy chameleon (only as long as a pinky finger), are not found anywhere else.The 1,500-square-mile (4,000 square-kilometer) park is flourishing now -- but it has had a tumultuous history.Gorongosa was first established as a hunting reserve...

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Hundreds of elephants dead in mysterious mass die-off

Hundreds of elephants dead in mysterious mass die-off

By Phoebe Weston - The Guardian Botswana’s government is yet to test the remains of the dead animals in what has been described as a ‘conservation disaster’  Aerial images of some of the elephant carcasses seen in the Okavango Delta More than 350 elephants have died in northern Botswana in a mysterious mass die-off described by scientists as a “conservation disaster”. A cluster of elephant deaths was first reported in the Okavango Delta in early May, with 169 individuals dead by the end of the month. By mid June, the number had more than doubled, with 70% of the...

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Six arrested for marketing illegal ivory objects online in Spain’s Alacante

Six arrested for marketing illegal ivory objects online in Spain’s Alacante

By The Olive Press Six Costa Blanca residents advertising illegal ivory online have been arrested following an undercover police sting. Guardia Civil agents contacted vendors of suspicious ivory products on an Alicante-based website that acted as a platform for second-hand valuable items. The vendors were duped into exchanging information with authorities before agents raised addresses in Alicante, Torrevieja, Almoradi, Onil, and Pilar de la Horadada.  The ivory found had no supporting invoices, documentation and licences, making their sale illegal. Impounded items included a €385 ivory...

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Covid -19 pandemic mauls Zimparks wildlife operations

Covid -19 pandemic mauls Zimparks wildlife operations

By Sifelani Tsiko, The Herald The novel coronavirus pandemic has hit hardest all wildlife conservation efforts by the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority (Zimparks) as its main lifeline earnings from foreign tourism have dwindled to critical levels. Zimparks spokesperson Tinashe Farawo told the Herald recently that lack of tourism revenues had badly affected his organisation to an extent that the authority would soon fail to pay its more than 2000 workers and meet other financial obligations. “The situation is bad and very soon we will not be able to pay our rangers,” he said....

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