WAT PHA LUANG TA BUA — better known among travelers as “Tiger Temple” — is probably the most controversial temple in Southeast Asia.
You’ve probably seen pictures of people posing next to a majestic tiger, bravely holding up a tiger’s tail and grinning proudly, or perhaps even shoving a baby bottle filled with formula down a tiger cub’s mouth. Obviously great shots for Facebook.
However, I’m here to tell you those photos come at a steep price. In August of 2013, I volunteered to work at Tiger Temple for 30 days. I left after 18.
Seven lions have been killed in Ikona Wildlife Management Area (WMA) located near Park Nyingoti Village here. Preliminary reports suggest that a local pastoralist poisoned the lions after they attacked his cow on Thursday
The iMfolozi Game Reserve in KwaZulu-Natal is fighting battles on many fronts. Human settlements, agriculture, poaching and mining are all challenging the existence of this important wilderness area. We must consider the impact of coal mining on the boundary of iMfolozi, specifically regarding the proposed Fuleni mine, and question the integrity of the process.
This year, 2014, is a pivotal time in the life of the iMfolozi Game Reserve, situated 270km north of Durban in KwaZulu-Natal, as human settlements, farming, poaching and three coal mines challenge its existence. Another open-cast coal mine currently being proposed by Ibutho Coal poses a direct threat to the pristine wilderness area of the park.
The proposed Fuleni mine poses a severe environmental threat to a fragile conservation area situated in the south of the reserve. The iMfolozi Wilderness section of the park is part of the last 1% of true wilderness left in South Africa, and Ibutho Coal is preparing to establish an open–cast coal mine only 40 metres from its boundary fence....
Lake Nakuru National Park is a sight to behold. The park has recently been enlarged partly to provide sanctuary for the black rhino, one of the largest concentrations in the country. This undertaking has necessitated a fence - to keep out poachers rather than to restrict the movement of wildlife.
In a recent study, researchers assessed how orangutans have adapted to living among oil palm plantations on Borneo. They found that while orangutans have adapted to the island’s human-transformed landscapes better than expected, oil palm plantations are unable to sustain orangutan populations in the long-term.
TANZANIA (eTN) - The community wildlife management areas are facing an uncertain future, as Tanzania moves to enforce a new rule that by implications, will deny the local folks a multi-million dollar business.
Recently, Tanzania National Parks (TANAPA) announced to effect a new regulation, which experts say will confine tourists within the national parks....
Joe Studwell’s book How Asia Works is a great look at the factors that drove the rapid economic growth in several Asian countries. I’d recommend it for anyone who’s doing business in Asia. As I wrote in the review I just posted on my blog, which I've shared below, the book also made me think about which parts of the Asian Miracle might apply in Africa, where the Gates Foundation funds a lot of work.I read Joe Studwell’s How Asia Works because it claimed to answer two of the greatest questions in
Wildlife Margrit's insight:
This book (reviewed by Bill Gates) may provide us some insights not only into how Asia works but what is needed in Africa to create prosperity... which may curb the recruiting of poachers to kill rhino and other wildlife species.
Decline in biodiversity is a source of social conflict rather than a symptom, says UC Berkeley report...
What do overfishing, wildlife trafficking, and endangered species all have in common? According to a paper recently published in the journal Science, these environmental challenges may all have cascading social consequences when it comes to forced labor, organized crime, and even piracy....
If the animals can be induced to stay where they belong, and the people can be convinced that they are no longer a threat, then peace can break out. I saw this happen in Tanzania, where the Living Wall project builds unbreachable fences that keep lio...
PUBLIC officials, engineers and consultants involved in the destruction of the Balamhlanga wetlands in the Pongola catchment area could be jailed for up to 10 years, or be fined up to R10million, if they are found guilty of violating environment legislation.....
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