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Horticulturist saves plants from becoming extinct

Deforestation

A Nigerian horticulturist, Ibrahim Salisu, has embarked on gathering and replanting millions of plant and flower species in Kaduna to save them from becoming extinct. Deforestation. Photo credit: telegraph.co.uk Salisu, the General Manager of Teku International Farm, said on Thursday, August 13, 2020 during a press conference in Kaduna that he was working hard to restore many endangered plants from ...

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Elephants almost extinct in Nigeria, conservationist laments

elephant ivory

Country Director of Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) in Nigeria, Mr Andrew Dunn, says  elephants are almost becoming extinct in Nigeria. Poaching: Forest elephants are poached for their ivory and skin, and threatened with extinction Dunn made the disclosure in an interview with journalists in Calabar, Cross River State, while commemorating the World Elephant Day. The World Elephant Day is an ...

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Nigeria partners with Germany, UN to stop wildlife crime

Ghada Fathi Waly

To tackle wildlife and forestry crime, Nigeria, Germany and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) came together during a virtual session on the 2020 World Elephant Day to announce a new partnership aimed at strengthening Nigeria’s response to the trafficking of wildlife and forestry products. Ghada Fathi Waly, Director-General/Executive Director of the United Nations Office on Drugs ...

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Three ministries partner to transform distressed national parks

National Parks

The ministries of environment, agriculture and rural development, and interior have agreed to give a facelift to the National Parks in the country. Dr Mohammad Abubakar, the Minister of Environment (middle); Alhaji Sabo Nanono, the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development (right); and Mr Rauf Aregbesola, the Minister of Interior, during the tripartite meeting on insecurity around national parks Dr ...

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Guatemalan forest community fends off wildfires, narco-traffickers

Amazon rainforest

A diverse international group of environmental researchers on Thursday, August 6, 2020 presented the evidence behind a conservation success story: an innovative forest-management programme in northern Guatemala that for more than two decades has protected pristine wilderness from devastation while providing a sustainable living for thousands of resident Guatemalans. A waterfall in the Amazon rainforest in South America The researchers ...

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Vulture: An unsung hero of the environment

Vultures

The advent and rise in zoonotic diseases such as Ebola, Monkey-pox and Avian influenza and now the novel Coronavieus has inspired scientists to probe into causes of these preventable outbreaks. Not only the outbreaks but specifically in the spread, mortalities recorded and coping mechanisms while finding solutions. Vultures Though it appears unclear, recent scientific researches are linking the decline of ...

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137 park rangers worldwide died in last 12 months, says global body

World Rangers Day

No fewer than 137 park rangers lost their lives to wildlife attacks among several unfortunate homicide related cases, across seven regions of the world in the last 12 months, the International Rangers Federation (IRF), said on Tuesday, August 4, 2020. Female park rangers Its President, Chris Galliers, made the disclosure at the 2020 World Ranger Day, celebrated annually on July 31. Galliers’ ...

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Insect can escape after being eaten by frog, scientists find

Regimbartia attenuata

The insect Regimbartia attenuata can escape even after being devoured by certain species of frog, among them Pelophylax nigromaculatus, Japanese ecologist Shinji Sugiura of Kobe University announced on Monday, August 3, 2020. The Regimbartia attenuata Like other kinds of frog, Pelophylax nigromaculatus’ lack of teeth makes it unable to kill the insect before eating it. This is done instead by ...

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New forest policy will help preserve Nigeria’s ecosystems, says minister

Dr Mohammed Mahmoud Abubakar

Minister of Environment, Dr. Mohammed Mahmood Abubakar, has said that the new National Forest Policy (NFP) recently approved by the Federal Executive Council (FEC) will assist the country in the sustainable management of its vast forest resources. Minister of Environment, Dr Mohammed Mahmoud Abubakar He added that the NFP would also help to preserve Nigeria’s rich ecosystems as well as ...

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Six bison calves born in ‘European Serengeti’

A herd of bison

A reserve of large herbivores, also known as the European Serengeti, in 2020 recorded what is said to be the highest increases in bison since its establishment in 2015. Six European bison calves were born in a protected area, which is in the former military area of Milovice, near Prague, capital of the Czech Republic. A herd of bison with ...

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