See also:
» 02.07.2010 - Kenya's Mombasa to get luxury marina
» 15.04.2009 - Kenya to construct new port in 2010
» 07.01.2009 - Odinga says feasibility study on railway a waste of resources
» 18.12.2008 - SAA will not increase flights to Tanzania
» 12.11.2008 - Seven new US-Africa flight routes planned
» 17.09.2008 - Tanzanian tour operators anticipate high influx
» 10.09.2008 - Kenya Airways to fly to Congo Brazzaville
» 17.07.2006 - Booming tourism boosts juvenile sex trade

China wholesale online through

Houlihan's coupons

Finn autentiske matoppskrifter fra hele verden på
Gazpacho Børek Kartoffelsalat Taboulé Gulasj Albóndigas Cevapi Rougaille Japrak sarma Zwiebelbrot Klopse Giouvetsi Paella Pljeskavica Pica pau Pulpo a la gallega Flammkuchen Langosj Tapenade Chatsjapuri Pasulj Lassi Kartoffelpuffer Tortilla Raznjici Knödel Lentejas Bœuf bourguignon Korianderchutney Brenneslesuppe Proia Sæbsi kavurma Sardinske calamares

Autentiske matoppskrifter fra hele verden finner du på
Réunion Portugal Aserbajdsjan Serbia Tyskland Seychellene Bosnia Spania Libanon Belgia India Kroatia Hellas Italia Ungarn Komorene Georgia Mauritius Østerrike Romania Frankrike

Kenya | Tanzania
Travel - Leisure | Environment - Nature

East African national parks see mammals' decline

Elephant in Kenya's Samburu National Reserve

© Julian Blanc/IUCN/afrol News
afrol News, 15 July
- One of East Africa's main tourist attractions, the density of large mammals in its famed national parks, is rapidly declining, a new study shows. The "Big Five" are especially threatened.

African national parks like Masai Mara and the Serengeti have seen populations of large mammals decline by up to 59 percent, according to a study published in the latest issue of the scientific journal 'Biological Conservation'.

The parks are each visited by thousands of tourists each year hoping to spot Africa's "Big Five" - lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard and rhino - but the research shows that "urgent efforts" would be needed to secure the future of the parks and their role in tourism.

British scientists from the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) and Cambridge University created an index of change in population abundance for a multitude of species in 78 protected areas throughout Africa.

At a continental scale, the index revealed an average decline of almost 60 percent in the population abundance of 69 key species including lion, wildebeest, giraffe, buffalo and zebra between 1970 and 2005 in the national parks visited by millions of tourists each year.

There was however great variation by region with populations increasing in Southern Africa, declining by more than half in East Africa and 85 percent declines in West Africa. The massive declines in West Africa were likely due to the lack of financial and personnel resources, high rates of habitat degradation and the growing bushmeat trade.

Safari tourism is underdeveloped in West and Central Africa, while it is among the key attractions to visitors going to East and Southern Africa. The negative numbers for East Africa's famous national parks therefore could have a severe impact of future tourism revenues foe the region.

Despite the severe losses, the rate of decline had slowed over time, the study found, indicating that management of the areas has been gradually improving. "But more support is needed," the zoologists concluded.

"Although the results indicate that African national parks have generally failed to maintain their populations of large mammals, the situation outside the parks is almost undoubtedly worse. Many species like rhino are practically extinct outside national parks," ZSL researcher Ian Craigie commented.

Director of ZSL Conservation Programmes, Jonathan Baillie, said the results were a matter of concern. "The results are far worse than we imagined, but the increasing population trends in Southern Africa provide hope and demonstrate that protected areas can be very effective for conserving large mammals if properly resourced," he said.

- Create an e-mail alert for Kenya news
- Create an e-mail alert for Tanzania news
- Create an e-mail alert for Travel - Leisure news
- Create an e-mail alert for Environment - Nature news

    Printable version

On the Afrol News front page now

Rwanda succeeds including citizens in formal financial sector

afrol News - It is called "financial inclusion", and it is a key government policy in Rwanda. The goal is that, by 2020, 90 percent of the population is to have and actively use bank accounts. And in only four years, financial inclusion has doubled in Rwanda.

Famine warning: "South Sudan is imploding"

afrol News - The UN's humanitarian agencies now warn about a devastating famine in Sudan and especially in South Sudan, where the situation is said to be "imploding". Relief officials are appealing to donors to urgently fund life-saving activities in the two countries.
Panic in West Africa after Ebola outbreak in Guinea

afrol News - Fear is spreading all over West Africa after the health ministry in Guinea confirmed the first Ebola outbreak in this part of Africa. According to official numbers, at least 86 are infected and 59 are dead as a result of this very contagious disease.
Ethiopia tightens its already strict anti-gay laws

afrol News - It is already a crime being homosexual in Ethiopia, but parliament is now making sure the anti-gay laws will be applied in practical life. No pardoning of gays will be allowed in future, but activist fear this only is a signal of further repression being prepared.
Ethiopia plans Africa's biggest dam

afrol News / Africa Renewal - Ethiopia's ambitious plan to build a US$ 4.2 billion dam in the Benishangul-Gumuz region, 40 km from its border with Sudan, is expected to provide 6,000 megawatts of electricity, enough for its population plus some excess it can sell to neighbouring countries.

front page | news | countries | archive | currencies | news alerts login | about afrol News | contact | advertise | español 

©  afrol News. Reproducing or buying afrol News' articles.

   You can contact us at