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World Ranger Day: Are the poachers winning?

World Rangers Day

Several patriots die unrewarded in Nigeria, as well as, in other countries. In some cases, no names or record are made public by the government to honour such folks. Park rangers fall right into this category. According to the Conservator-General of the National Parks Service, Ibrahim Goni, a total of 29 officers have died in active service across Nigeria’s seven ...

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World Rangers Day: 107 rangers died in line of duty, says conservator-general

Park Rangers

Conservator-General, National Parks Service (NPS), Alhaji Ibrahim Goni, says 107 rangers lost their lives worldwide in the line of duty between July 31, 2017 and July 31, 2018. Goni disclosed this while delivering the speech of the President of the International Rangers Federation (IRF) at the 2018 World International Day or World Rangers Day celebration in Abuja on Tuesday, July ...

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World Rangers Day: Threats to Gashaka-Gumti National Park, by conservator

Gashaka-Gumti-National-Park

The Park Conservator, Gashaka-Gumti National Park in Taraba State, Mr Yuhanna Saidu, has identified increasing environmental problems and illegal human activities as some of the major threats to the continued survival of the park. Saidu spoke on Tuesday, July 31, 2018 at an event to commemorate the World Rangers Day in Serti, headquarters of Gashaka Local Government Area of the ...

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World Tiger Day: Global warming, deforestation threaten big cat’s survival

Bengal tigers

International Tiger Day, also known as World Tiger Day or Global Tiger Day, is celebrated on July 29 of every year to raise awareness of tiger conservation. The International Tiger Day was started in 2010 at the Saint Petersburg Tiger Summit in Russia with a foresight to shed some light to the major problem of decrease in the number of ...

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Majekodunmi, Omaghomi, others seek end to mangrove destruction

Mangroves

Desmond Majekodunmi, renowned environmentalist and founder Lufasi Nature Park; David Omaghomi, executive director of Eco-Restoration Foundation; and others have called on government and other stakeholders to put a stop to mangrove destruction and other forms of environmental degradation in Nigeria. They spoke at the Mangrove Expo in commemoration of the International Day for the Conservation of the Mangrove Ecosystem at ...

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Endangered pygmy elephant shot dead in Borneo

Pygmy elephant

A pygmy elephant was shot dead on Borneo island after it destroyed villagers’ crops, a Malaysian wildlife official said on Thursday, July 26, 2018, the latest of the endangered creatures to be killed. The male elephant, believed to be about four years old, was found on Monday by the side of a road in the state of Sabah, on the ...

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Africa joins international operation against poaching

elephant poaching

South African law enforcement agencies have arrested 13 people on illegal wildlife trade charges as part of the country’s contribution to a global operation against poaching, authorities said on Wednesday, July 25, 2018. Operation Thunderstorm was launched by Interpol in May 2018, bringing numerous countries in a joint effort to curb wildlife poaching, according to the South African Department of ...

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Queen bees have exceptional memory, say researchers

Queen bee

Chinese researchers have found that honey bee queens have exceptional memory and learning abilities. Ken Tan, a researcher at Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden under the Chinese Academy of Sciences, said different foods eaten by bee larvae lead to differences in DNA methylation, mechanisms used by cells to control gene expression, between queens and workers. He said queens exclusively feed royal ...

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World Mangrove Day: NCF, MangroveXpo to showcase beauty of nature

Mangroves

The Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF), in collaboration with MangroveXpo, will at the Lekki Conservation Centre in Lagos commemorate the International Day for the Conservation of the Mangrove Ecosystems by showcasing the beauty of nature and resources of Nigeria’s mangrove forest. The International Day for the Conservation of the Mangrove Ecosystems will be globally observed on Thursday, July 26, 2018. NCF ...

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Deep reefs ‘twilight zone’ reject fish, corals, study reveals

bleaching

Deep coral reefs in a “twilight zone” in the oceans differ sharply from those near the surface. The finding dims hopes that they can be a refuge for marine life fleeing threats such as climate change and pollution, scientists said on Thursday, July 19, 2018. Worldwide, coral reefs in shallow waters are among ecosystems most threatened by climate change. The ...

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