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Rarest Dog: Ethiopian Wolves Are Genetically Vulnerable

Fewer than 500 of Africa's only wolf species are thought to survive. Now a 12-year study of Ethiopian wolves living in the Ethiopian highlands has found there is little gene flow between the small remaining populations.

Ebola Virus Found In Kalimantan’s Orangutan

Researchers from Airlangga University’s Avian Influenza-zoonosis Research Center in Surabaya, East Java, report that they have detected evidence of Ebola virus in several orangutans in Kalimantan. Researcher Chairil Anwar Nidom told The Jakarta Post on Friday that 65 serum samples collected from 353 healthy orangutans between December 2005 and December 2006 tested positive for Ebola virus.

New Dolphin Capture Angers Makili

SEVEN bottle nose dolphins were last week captured outside the Lunga river mouth by fishermen and then reportedly sold to a local businessman in Honiara. The latest capture has infuriated dolphin safe campaigner Lawrence Makili, who has just returned from a mission to free dolphins captured by villagers in the Western Province. An official from the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources said the dolphins were caught in the fishermen’s net outside the Lunga River mouth.

Training And Enrichment Workshop For Zoo And Aquarium Animals

Presented by: Active Environments and Shape of Enrichment Hosted by: Moody Gardens, Galveston, TX Dates: December 3-7, 2012 (Ice breaker evening of December 2) Instructors: Gail Laule, Margaret Whittaker, and Valerie Hare

Rhinose Day

Rhinose Day is an annual public fundraiser held over the last three months of the year to raise funds and awareness for rhinos in particular, and the wider fight against poaching and false medicinal myths in general. Although we focus on rhino conservation, the plight of these giants is a symbol of the broader range of threats facing all wildlife and wilderness areas.

Animal Rights And Wrongs

Three ladies entering their golden years in a compound in Toronto’s northeastern suburbs have become the focus of a sometimes-vicious tug-of-war that has lasted more than a year. Iringa and Toka are both 42 years old. Thika is 31. All three are African elephants, the last of 10 pachyderms that have been kept at the Toronto Zoo since 1983. They suffer from infections and digestive ailments commonly found in aging, captive elephants.

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Durrell Conservation Trust Name Change

The Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust’s international training centre has now been renamed the Durrell Conservation Academy. The name change represents the culmination of a year-long process to determine how best to represent the training that we provide to conservationists worldwide.

Sat Asia Roadshow Dates Announced

South African Tourism (SAT) has announced the dates for its 2013 roadshows in China, Japan and Korea. The annual three-country, six-city roadshow will travel to Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou then on to Seoul, Osaka and Tokyo in June next year.

The Plett Rage Security Plan

Bruce Richardson writes: The security planning for the Plett Rage in which an anticipated 10000 students will be in our town to enjoy the festivities over a period extending from the 23rd November to the 8th December is underway and a far more detailed security plan will be rolled out as compared to previous years to make sure that we keep the students safe and secure whilst in our town.

Dim Sum And Lanterns – Exploring Chinese Heritage In Sa

South Africa is home to one of the largest ethnic Chinese communities on the continent, most of whom live in and around Gauteng.

Buav Mauritius Monkey Slaughter Video

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Msc Starlight Cruise Specials For The Endangered Wildlife Trust Loyal Supporters

MSC Starlight Cruises are pleased to be able to extend to you a fantastic charity initiative. All cruise fares collected from these substantially discounted sailings will be donated to THE ENDANGERED WILDLIFE TRUST Take advantage of these very special offers and support THE ENDANGERED WILDLIFE TRUST’S RHINO PROGRAMME who will receive all cruise fare proceeds to support their cause.

Krill Oil

Save the Whales’ has been the rallying call of greens for at least three decades. Now we can actually do something significant to help Baleen whales, penguins, seals, albatrosses and petrels all of whom rely on krill (a tiny crustacean) which is found in the Antarctic.

South Africa Approves .4 Billion In New Renewable Energy Projects

South Africa, one of the most coal-dependent countries in the world, has taken another major step toward a clean energy future. The country’s energy minister recently announced approval of .4 billion for 28 wind, solar, and geothermal projects that will add 1.4 gigawatts (GW) of new renewables capacity to the grid. These projects represent the first round of five auctions in the country’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producers Program (REIPP), with contracts to be signed on ...

What Do Hurricanes, Galaxies, Sunflowers And The Human Ear Have In Common?

They all have inherent spiral shapes that conform almost perfectly to the ‘golden spiral’, which is derived from a mathematic formula. A golden spiral is a logarithmic spiral with a growth factor of ‘Phi’, which is the golden ratio – that means it gets wider by a factor of Phi for every quarter turn it makes.

Leaked Sarawak Concession Map Shows Taib’s Secret Stranglehold Over Borneo

Timber concessions covering 36% of Northern Sarawak are held by the Samling group that is linked to the Taib family – Bruno Manser Fund is calling on the Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission to investigate the granting of timber and plantation concessions in Malaysia’s largest state on the island of Borneo MIRI, SARAWAK/MALAYSIA, November 6, 2012 –/WORLD-WIRE/– Swiss NGO, the Bruno Manser Fund, has today released one of Sarawak’s best-guarded secrets, a map of al...

Tourism Writer For Hire

If you’re looking for a great writer with photographic and video skills whose passion for story telling is unbounded, who’s stuff is readable, and who’s style is loose and engaging – Martin Hatchuel’s your man.

Comprehensive Highlights Of Euromonitor’s Annual World Travel Market Global Trends Report 2012

Euromonitor, the world’s leader in strategy research for consumer markets have released their annual World Travel Market Global Trends Report 2012 at London’s World Travel Market on 5 November.

Locals Show They Know Cape Town Best With #lovecapetown

Cape Town Tourism hosted its first twitter chat on Sunday, July 29, and Capetonians proved that they know their beloved city best, when thousands suggested what the iAmbassador travel bloggers should do while in the Mother City. The chat was to welcome the four renowned international travel bloggers Cape Town Tourism are hosting. The bloggers will explore Cape Town and act as digital spokespersons for Cape Town. Cape Town Tourism tapped into the strength of word of mouth for suggestions for ...