Browsing All posts tagged under »conservationists«

Mining by China Fuels Great Ape Trafficking from Guinea

November 7, 2012

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The extraction of Guinea’s large mineral wealth by China is being used as a smoke screen for the illegal trafficking of great apes from the continent say UN conservationists. As China continues to push its economic development, precious resources in some of the most remote corners of Guinea are being pumped out of the country […]

Branson forced to wait out lemur conservation plans

May 8, 2011

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Sir Richard Branson’s pie in the sky idea to import lemurs from breeding zoos around the world and release them on a pristine island in the Caribbean has been put on hold…..again! Good intentions aside, conservationists will no doubt be breathing a huge sigh of relief at this latest news, which whipped up quite a […]

Heritage status for Tanzania’s mountains may have peaked too early

May 3, 2011

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Hands up how many of you have heard of the kipunji? No it’s not a nomadic tribe. Take a good look at the photo below – it’s a species of monkey that was discovered in Tanzania, East Africa in 2003 and the first to be assigned a new genus since 1923. It has a distinctive […]

Oil exploration suspended in DRC, but for how long?

April 5, 2011

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They’ve may have won the first round, but conservationists say they are stepping up the pressure on the Congolese government to say ‘no’ for good to two British oil firms drilling in Africa’s oldest park. Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is a UNESCO world heritage site, permission had been granted […]

Mum’s the word!

March 31, 2011

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I’m at that age now where most of my friends are either married off with children or are brooding. I’ve been warned with many a wagging finger and raised eyebrow by my yummy-mummy mates, that unless I start procreating now or at least consider freezing my eggs, (I don’t even freeze leftover food!!) I’m likely […]

Goodall joins campaign to ban UK imports of monkey off-springs for research

March 30, 2011

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Tomorrow a petition signed by some of conservation’s heavy-weights will be handed into the British Prime Minister, David Cameron, calling for the UK to ban imports of young monkeys born to wild-caught parents for scientific research. The campaign, led by the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection (BUAV) has been endorsed by world renown Primatologist Dr […]