WildlifeDirect News – No 15, December 2009

We have good news from WildlifeDirect. We have just been named winners of the Mongabay “Innovation in Conservation Award” for 2009. This is a great honor. We are especially happy as this gives us recognition in more networks thus increasing our reach. Of course we have you – and our bloggers – to thank for keeping our site alive.

Elsewhere, lions continue to be persecuted and deliberate poisoning continues – the most recent incident happening in Tanzania and executed by Maasai herdsmen from both Kenya and Tanzania. Read more in the newsletter to get the latest from the conservation frontline


WildlifeDirect Wins Mongabay Award

Award gives us prominence at Mongabay.com for a month

Mongabay bannerMongabay announced on 1 December 2009 that WildlifeDirect was the winner of the Mongabay.com “Innovation in Conservation Award” for 2009. It was a great honor and a boon for WildlifeDirect especially in these lean times.

This award recognizes organizations using unconventional and highly effective approach to conserving forests and biodiversity, such as WildlifeDirect’s use of blogging and social media tools to raise profiles of field conservationists and raise funds to support their work at the conservation frontline.

Rhett A. Butler, the Mongabay.com founder, while announcing the award at Mongabay.com describes WildlifeDirect,

“WildlifeDirect provides a platform to more than 100 wildlife bloggers in dozens of countries across Africa, Asia, and South America. Through their posts, which often include photos and videos, WildlifeDirect bloggers provide first-hand information from the front lines of conservation, building awareness for their projects and a means for attracting contributions, which are used from everything from paying ranger salaries to buying field supplies.”

This award also carries a cash reward that WildlifeDirect will use to support it’s operational costs so that we can continue to provide the vital service we provide to our partners and bloggers.

You can help us support our bloggers by donating at Baraza blog

Climate Change and Poverty in Africa

The story of a Nairobi domestic worker Rhoda.

WLD Newsletter bannerWith the UN Climate Conference (CoP15) going on in Copenhagen, WildlifeDirect sought to find out how climate climate change will affect poverty reduction programs in Africa.

Paula Kahumbu interviewed Rhoda, a domestic worker in Nairobi Kenya to find out she and her young family are coping with climate change. Rhoda, who lives in the outskirts of Nairobi, has no electricity in her house, uses charcoal and paraffin (Kerosene) to cook her meals and owns no car. What would be her impact on climate change? How has climate change impacted her life?

You can read and listen to Rhoda’s story on Baraza

Lion Killed Then Laced With Poison

Tanzanian and Kenyan Maasai Spear a Lions in Serengeti

Killed LionA lion has was speared to death by Maasai from both Kenya and Tanzania in a joint retaliatory hunting party (Olkiyioi) inside Tanzania. This happened after the lioness supposedly killed a cow and a donkey.

Though the local community didn’t want any authorities to find the lion’s carcass, the Lion Guardians were able to use one of their informers in the area to show them where it was. The adult lioness, said to be part of a pride of 5 other sub-adults and 1 large male was found in the place she died. Her ears, tail, paws and canines had been removed – the latter two said to have been taken for sale.

More worrying still, it seems that around 3 days after the lion’s death, someone returned to the carcass and laced it with a blue granulated poison (of similar description to Furadan). Samples were taken and the carcass burned to ensure that scavenging animals could not be harmed – hyena and other lion tracks had been seen near the site. Thankfully no poisoned animals have yet been found.

Read more about this incident on the Lion Guardian’s blog.

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