Browsing All posts tagged under »WWF«

Wildlife Crime

October 30, 2013

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I recently listened to an interview on the radio by two conservation activists talking about the state of wildlife trafficking globally. It made depressing listening. High on the agenda was the issue of ivory and the butchery that’s involved in removing tusks from elephants. One of the interviewees said to the presenter, “imagine having your […]

There’s no such thing as bad publicity – Virunga finally in the UK headlines

October 27, 2013

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A row over the latest celebrity-endorsed campaign by the conservation giant WWF has lead to more coverage across newspaper titles than it probably could have hoped for. Nothing like controversy to get tongues wagging. Note to self NGOs! Conservation is not a sexy subject to news editors. But throw in a good-looking woman, filmed in […]

Dr Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka

June 2, 2012

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Trying to get a meeting with Dr Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka is no mean feat.  She is one of Africa’s leading scientists and conservationists and she’s in huge demand. Her mission to promote conservation through human public health is something that is becoming increasingly more important as people and animals are forced to live in closer proximity […]

Madagascar’s creatures great and small

June 6, 2011

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They say good things come in small packages and one new species recently discovered is so small it weighs the same as just three cups of cereal. A feather-weight among primates, Berthe’s mouse lemur (Microcebus berthae), is 10cm long and weighs around 30g. This primate is so small it even trumps the pygmy marmoset (Cebuella […]

Can herbal remedies help you turn over a new leaf?

April 15, 2011

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The Northerner is ill. Thankfully it’s not man flu, which can be more exhausting than a 10k run, but he does have a terrible throat infection and a runny nose to boot. Despite the river of mucous and the coughing fits, he soldiering on. My 87-year-old Trinidadian grandmother who’s very fond of the Manc – […]

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 […]

Chimpanzee meat allegedly being sold in the Midlands

March 1, 2011

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The bushmeat trade in Europe made the headlines in June after researchers revealed that more than 270 tonnes pass through Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris a year. The study published in the journal, Conservation Letters, was the first of its kind. Now there’s growing concern that chimpanzee meat is allegedly being sold in underground bushmeat markets in […]