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The New Lion Economic - Niassa

(August 15, 2019) Niassa is a vast protected area of 42,200 km2 in northern Mozambique with a healthy population of lions. The protected area is divided into 17 management units allocated for ecotourism and sport hunting. Hunting fees fund 30% of the annual operational costs of the reserve as well as anti-poaching and management activities,  although hunting revenues do not necessarily compensate for f inancial losses of livestock at the household level. Tanzania contains up to half of the global population ...


World Elephant Day

(August 13, 2019) This summer, we reported with our partners a full year without an elephant poached in Mozambique's Niassa Reserve, a massive protected area that was once plagued by wildlife crime.This #WorldElephantDay, thank you for helping to make successes like this possible.


ORI hosts IUCN Global Marine Species Workshop

(August 12, 2019) From 12-16 August, ORI is hosting 16 fish experts from research institutes in the US, Taiwan, India, UK, Tanzania, Mozambique, Australia, Portugal, Norway and South Africa. They are here for a workshop to assess extinction risk in a large group of fishes.The workshop is being run by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), as part of its Global Marine Species Assessment (GMSA) programme to assess species for inclusion on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.Fishes are th...


What Threatened Lions Can Teach Us about the Circle of Life

(August 12, 2019) Since the release of the first Lion King film, nearly half of all lions have been lost. These magnificent big cats are now believed to be locally extinct in 16 African nations where they once thrived, and it may not be long before we have no lions left. They face many threats, top among them habitat loss and degradation, and conflict with people and their livestock.http://https//


The New Lion Economy: Unlocking the Value of Lions and Their Landscapes

(August 12, 2019) Landscapes supporting lions on average provide more critical ecosystem services – the benefits that humans receive from healthy ecosystems – than other parts of Africa. Yet these services are at risk of disappearing. The New Lion Economy explores a new approach to conservation and economic development and calls for investment in ecosystem services to support both humans and lions.http://https//


Declarations to Recover Lions

(August 12, 2019) Lions are in crisis—half of all wild lions have been lost in the past 25 years with as few as 20,000 remaining in Africa. But, we know that when we work together lion recovery is possible. We recognise that the presidents and leaders of the African countries, and the communities who live alongside lions, are the custodians of African lions for the world. We recognise that lions are national and global treasures. Today, we adopt the Declarations to Recover Lions to ensure that wild lions, l...


Establishment of the National Coordination Group for KBAs Which Will Also Represent the Current National Red List Working Group

(August 09, 2019) Regarding the Project “Red List of Threatened Species, Identification and Mapping of Key Biodiversity Areas (KBAs) in Mozambique”, the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS),  working together with SPEED+ (USAID Program), the National Red List Working Group and the Government (MITADER), namely the National Directorate for Environment (DINAB) are conducting the process of establishing the national coordination group (NCG) for KBAs which will also represent the current national red l...


World Ranger Day 2019

(July 31, 2019) Rangers are the first line in Protected Areas devoted to safeguarding our Parks/Reserves and the landscapes and wildlife they hold. This day is a celebration of their work as committed and brave guards of the natural heritage and to commemorate and honour the memory of those who unfortunately each year, due to the threats they face, are no longer with us.Today is a day to be thankful for their bravery and courage and for remember the sacrifice of the Rangers that died on service.Ranger Joã...


Information is key – but lacking for sharks and rays in the Western Indian Ocean (commentary)

(July 23, 2019) Read more:http://https// Wildlife Conservation Society’s WIO shark and ray program recently assimilated all available information on threatened shark and ray species in the WIO, highlighting the major gaps in our knowledge of shark and ray biology, ecology, and fisheries. The database identifies research priorities for shark and ray species in the region so that conservati...


Elephant crisis fund 2019 mid-year report

(July 22, 2019) http://https// In Niassa National Reserve in northern Mozambique, which has suffered greatly from elephant poaching, the ECF supported the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) with the operating costs of a helicopter during the wet season, when poaching is usually most intense, and with an upgraded radio system. Following the President of Mozambiq...


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