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Botswana Offers Hunters Rights To Shoot 287 Elephants

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About 287 elephants in Botswana are lined up for ‘dead’ after government announced Tuesday that it has offered hunting rigths.  

Botswana has the world’s biggest population of the animals- it is trying to breathe life into a hunting industry stalled by the Covid-19 outbreak.

The hunting season will begin April 6, with licenses to kill leopards, zebras and buffaloes also on sale, according to the Department of Wildlife and National Parks.

The restart of hunting in Botswana last year, after a ban imposed by former President Ian Khama in 2014 was lifted, was largely thwarted by restrictions associated with the coronavirus.

With the disease still raging across large parts of the world, including southern Africa, hunting operators will face an uphill battle to maximize earnings.

Most hunters who visit the region traditionally come from the U.S., while a smaller number come from Spain, Eastern Europe and Russia.

“International clients such as those from the U.S. can come in under difficult conditions, but several European Union countries have lockdowns in place preventing travel to Botswana,” Debbie Peake, a spokeswoman for the Botswana Wildlife Producers Association, which includes hunt operators among its members, was quoted.

“The industry has put in place the strictest protocols in camps and among staff to protect clients.”Khama’s successor, Mokgweetsi Masisi, lifted the suspension, enraging conservationists who said the move would harm the $2 billion per annum photo safari industry.

The government argued that the country’s 130,000 elephants were destroying crops and occassionaly trampling villagers and their numbers needed to be kept in check.

Botswana’s neighbors including South Africa and Zimbabwe allow elephant hunting.

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  1. Sam Crossley-Osborne

    April 12, 2021 at 10:24 am

    NO!!! Please don’t put on an elephant hunting in Botswana and don’t offer everyone to kill 287 elephants next month the 6th of April! These two African elephant separeted species are now classified as endangered thanks to poaching and habitat lost!
    This elephant hunting mustn’t happen again!!!! It’s very cruel, bad, upsetting and unsuccessful, and if you dare start putting the elephant hunting on the 6th April until the 21st of September, these beautiful animals will quickly decline and become extinct!
    Stop the elephant hunting NOOOOOWW!!!!!!!

  2. Sam Crossley-Osborne

    April 12, 2021 at 10:25 am

    Don’t pay in for the elephant hunting licences people, it may be upsetting and elephants are now classified as endangered species.

  3. Sam Crossley-Osborne

    April 12, 2021 at 10:26 am

    NO!!! Please don’t put on an elephant hunting in Botswana and don’t offer everyone to kill 287 elephants next month the 6th of April! These two African elephant separeted species are now classified as endangered thanks to poaching and habitat lost!
    This elephant hunting mustn’t happen again!!!! It’s very cruel, bad, upsetting and unsuccessful, and if you dare start putting the elephant hunting on the 6th April until the 21st of September, these beautiful animals will quickly decline and become extinct!
    Stop the elephant hunting NOOOOOWW!!!!!!!

    Don’t pay in for the elephant hunting licences people, it may be upsetting and elephants are now classified as endangered species.

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Tanzania Returns To Normal After Cyclone Jobo Scare Fades

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Reports From Tanzania indicate that businesses in the country’s commercial capital Dar es Salaam have resumed after meteorological experts announced that Cyclone Jobo was no longer a big threat.

Dar es Salaam  had braced itself for the wrath of the storm for the first time in since independence.

Tanzania’s meteorological Authority said in a statement released early Sunday April 25, “The situation was as a result of continued strong winds in the direction of Cyclone Jobo. Rain clouds that accompanied the cyclone have also spread to the sea and coastal areas of Tanzania and Mozambique.”

Records show only two other tropical cyclones have ever made it to the shores of Tanzania since the 19th century: the “Zanzibar Cyclone” of 1872 and Cyclone Lindi of 1952.

The two storms struck the nation 80 years and one day apart on April 14 and 15 of their years, respectively.

In 2019 Cyclones Idai and Kenneth battered neighboring Mozambique on back-to-back months.

Meanwhile, under similar panic, the Government of Zanzibar has suspended travel on the Indian ocean due to the impending landfall of  Tropical Cyclone Jobo that is expected to hit Tanzania’s coastal line on April 25.

The anticipated tropical cyclone was set to hit Tanzania’s East Coast regions such as Dar es Salaam, Tanga, Pwani, Mtwara and Zanzibar.

Tanzania Meteorological Agency (TMA) had earlier said Tropical Cyclone Jobo was expected to impact the country’s weather systems causing heavy rains, strong winds blowing at the speed of 60 Kilometers in an hour and waves especially in the coastal belt.

however, by Saturday evening, Meteorological experts said, Cyclone “Jobo” had weakened and was travelling at a speed of 18 KPH on the Indian Ocean.

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Israel Embassy In Rwanda Joins The World To Celebrate Earth Day

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The Embassy of Israel in Rwanda on April 22, joined the world to celebrate the annual International Mother Earth Day.

This year’s Mother Earth Day is celebrated under the theme “Restore Our Earth”.

The event was held in Huye District where the Ambassador of Israel in Rwanda, Dr. Ron Adam, visited the Center of Excellence in Biodiversity and Natural Resource Management.

The Center is in the National Herbarium of Rwanda in University of Rwanda (UR), and accommodates 17,000 species of plants.

The Ambassador was joined by the Director-General of Rwanda Environment and Management Authority (REMA), Juliet Kabera, officials from Rwanda Development Board (RDB) and University of Rwanda, and graduates from the university.

On the occasion, they launched a workshop to increase the capacity of young Rwandans to collect and identify plants hence contribute to the development of the National Herbarium of Rwanda and the country’s documentation of its rich botanical heritage.

In total, 30 individuals including MSc students, recent BSc graduates were trained. The workshop was financed by the Israel Embassy in Rwanda.

According to Ambassador Adam, preserving biodiversity should be prioritized.

He said: “One of the key areas of concern is the preservation of biodiversity and of the biological ecosystem on Earth. Humanity needs to preserve biodiversity which became more challenging in the current age of climate change and global warming.”

“The embassy attaches great importance to the preservation of parks and nature in Rwanda,” He added.

Israel has dealt with the conservation of its nature since its inception by declaring more than one-third of its land under preservation. There are more than 150 national parks in Israel. 

Meanwhile, Rwanda is also committed to preserving the environment, as explained by Kabera.

“The Green Growth and Climate Resilience strategy of 2011 as well as its updates NDCs of 2020 are examples of strategic documents that highlight priority interventions which Rwanda embarked on to mitigate and adapt to climate change,” she noted.

She added: “These interventions include but not limited to promoting the use of renewable energy, rainwater storage and efficient use, landscape restoration, and promoting e-mobility.”

Visiting Nyungwe National Park

In a bid to promote research and help graduates to better understand biodiversity, over 20 people composed of UR graduates and their lecturers were facilitated to visit the Nyungwe National Park on Wednesday, April 21.

They collected 30 plant species, which they assert will help them conduct further significant researches.

“I have learned a lot with my students, we discovered a lot of species and collected samples that were not at the National Herbarium of Rwanda. This will help us to monitor the evolution of plant species in relation to climate change,” said Prof. Elias Bizuru, a lecturer of Botany and related courses at UR College of Science and Technology.

Aime Sandrine Uwase, Coordinator of National Herbarium of Rwanda and a graduate in Botany and Conservation at UR, also hailed the visit. “I enjoyed the trail, I got to learn new things. I was able to see with my eyes the plant species we were taught in class. We thank the Israel Embassy in Rwanda for this opportunity given to us.” 

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Mrs. Harvey Hikes Into Rwanda’s Mountain Gorillas Habitat

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For a return to serenity and bonding with nature, Marjorie Elaine Harvey the spouse to an American television presenter Broderick Stephen Harvey was recently spotted into Rwanda’s mountain Gorilla’s habitat.

Through her Instagram page, Mrs Harvey commended Rwanda government for taking good care of the Mountain Gorilla’s.

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