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Indonesia to become safe haven for manta rays

Indonesia have announced that two enigmatic ray species – the giant manta ray and the reef manta ray – are to become protected throughout the country’s territorial waters. 2.2 million square miles of waters will be protected under the new regulations that will ban fishing for the species. Over the last 10 years the reef…

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Can Zimbabwe save its elephants?

Over the weekend the Zimbabwe government announced plans to boost protection of its wildlife. It was announced that the army will be called in to protect the reserves, more boreholes will be drilled to provide water for wildlife and the ranger service will see its numbers boosted. But the track record of Zimbabwe has not been good for wildlife…

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World’s biggest aquarium opens in Singapore

The world’s largest freshwater aquarium has opened to the public at the nature themed River Safari park in Singapore. The aquarium seeks to highlight the wealth of species that live in the Amazon River of South America. Exhibits include manatees that have been moved to the aquarium from their previous home at Singapore Zoo. The…

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Is Bali about to ban shark fishing?

There are hints that a new shark and manta ray sanctuary is about to be formed at Bali. Last month the underwater paradise of Raja Ampat in West Papua, Indonesia banned the fishing of sharks and rays in it’s coral reefs and set up a shark sanctuary – the first in the so called Coral…

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Tourists take priority over tigers in Uttarakhand

Conservation activists have made claims that since tiger reserves in Uttarakhand were reopened looking after tourists has become more important than looking after the tigers. While tigers are under threat of poaching tiger reserve rangers and their vehicles are tied up in buying and cooking food for the tourists. A directive by the Corbett Tiger…

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Uganda ponders wildlife cull

Uganda is concerned that recent outbreaks of both Ebola and Marburg viruses are having a negative impact on their tourism industry. Now the Tourism Ministry and Health Ministry are pondering wildlife culls in the country’s national parks to try to halt the diseases. Some tourists have already cancelled planned visits to the country after the…

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Botswana to ban hunting from next year

In order to protect its wildlife that draws thousands of people each year the President of Botswana, Ian Khama, has announced that no more hunting licenses will be issued from next year. It is hoped that by banning hunting it will be more difficult for poachers to launder their kills out of the country. Botswana has…

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As courts re-open tiger reserves Karnataka orders resorts to close

Just a few days after the Indian courts order the re-opening of the tiger reserves to tourists the state authorities of Karnataka have ordered that private resorts in and adjacent to tiger reserves should close. They will also be closing their own forest department guesthouses in the reserves. The announcement by Karnataka’s Forest Minister C P Yogeshwar…

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Wild orang-utans get stressed by ecotourists

Eco-tours are a growth market and for many communities in developing nations it produces a major contribution to the local economy. The community of Sabah, Malaysia run wild orangutan tours but is it doing these ‘wise men of the jungle’ any good? A study by an anthropologist from Indiana University, Michael P. Muehlenbein, has discovered that yes the orang-utans do get stressed out by…