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 Vietnamese nationals arrested in Uganda over Ivory and Pangolin scales trafficking!

Two Vietnamese nationals on 31 Jan. 2019 were arrested in possession of three transit containers full of Ivory and pangolin scales by the Uganda Revenue Authority officers.

The nationals by the names of Mr Dhan yon Chiew and Mr Nguyen son Dong. were hand over to the wildlife authority for further action. 

The Wildlife Executive Director Mr Sam Mawadha said that this tells the world that Uganda will  no longer tolerates any kind of illegal wildlife trafficking . '' We have been international labelled as a conduit for wildlife and wildlife product, ruining our reputation on international stage."

The authority also established the places where this contraband were taken from.

it should be noted that Uganda has registered a steady growth in her elephants population, due to her resolute to stamp out poaching in the country.

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THE ETHIOPIAN AIRLINE SHOW SAME SIMILARITIES WITH THAT OF LION JET THAT CRASHED IN OCTOBER

Black box data from last weekend's Ethiopian Airlines plane crash has indicated "clear similarities" with October's Lion Air jet crash. The MAX 8 crashed shortly after takeoff, killing everybody on board. Boeing continues to support the investigation, and is working with the authorities to evaluate new information as it becomes available. Safety is our highest priority as we design, build and support our airplanes. As part of our standard practice following any accident, we examine our aircraft design and operation, and when appropriate, institute product updates to further improve safety. While investigators continue to work to establish definitive conclusions, Boeing is finalizing its development of a previously-announced software update and pilot training revision that will address the MCAS flight control law’s behavior in response to erroneous sensor inputs. We also continue to provide technical assistance at the request of and under the direction of the National Transportation Safety Board, the U.S. Accredited Representative working with Ethiopian investigators. Air plane manufactures say they are monitoring the situation to see if there can be major breakthrough in the aviation industry.

AFRICAN ELEPHANTS POPULATION REGISTERS SOME RECOVERY.

With the population of now approximately 415,000 in the wild. The African elephant is the largest animal walking the Earth. Their herds wander through 37 countries in Africa. They are easily recognized by their trunk that is used for communication and handling objects. And their large ears allow them to radiate excess heat. Upper incisor teeth develop into tusks in African elephants and grow throughout their lifetime. There are two subspecies of African elephants—the Savanna (or bush) elephant and the Forest elephant. Savanna elephants are larger than forest elephants, and their tusks curve outwards. In addition to being smaller, forest elephants are darker and their tusks are straighter and point downward. There are also differences in the size and shape of the skull and skeleton between the two subspecies. Forest elephants, a distinct subspecies of African elephants, are uniquely adapted to the forest habitat of the Congo Basin, but are in sharp decline due to poaching for the international ivory trade. It is estimated that probably one quarter to one third of the total African elephant population is made up of forest elephants.

DROUGHT IN KENYA CAUSES AN INCREASE IN WILD ANIMAL HUMAN CONTACT

Due to prolonged drought in some parts of Kenya, wildlife habitat has also been affected. wildlife animal have started to leave their hiding to search for water and pasture.

As confirmed by Kenyan wildlife service, that the animals are as well hard hit by this  drought. However, the wildlife service did not mention the measures they were taking to avert this situation.

 

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TOP 21 MUST BE PLACES IN AFRICA!

The great migration, Tanzania

A photo won't capture the thunder of hooves on dirt as more than a million wildebeest and several hundred thousand zebra make their annual migration, but still, this is one for the top of the pile.
The migration is actually a year-round event as the animals move from Tanzania's Ngorongoro Reserve in January, up through the Serengeti around June and hit Kenya's Masai Mara around September, before journeying south again.

Table Mountain, South Africa

We've got the table, the wine, all we need's the company.
Table Mountain makes Cape Town, one of the world's best beach cities, also one of the world's most photogenic.
Cable car rides are available to the top of the mesa, giving great views, fantastic sunrises/sunsets and a great photo. Challenge: try and limit yourself to 50 pics.

Djmaa el Fna, Morocco

The world's most mesmerizing market.
The world's most exciting town square, Djmaa el Fna reminds you you're in Africa. In the heart of the old city of Marrakech, snake-charmers, henna-painters, story-tellers, date-sellers and orange juice vendors set up their stalls in the sleepy heat of the afternoon.
As night falls, the vendors are joined by tribal drummers, ladyboy dancers and mobile restaurateurs selling delicious grilled meats, bread and salad as the smoke rises above their stalls till past midnight.

Sossusvlei Dunes, Namibia

Who knew sand could be stunning?
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Sossusvlei means "the gathering place of water" but you'll need to bring your own if you don't want to dehydrate at this, Namibia's most outstanding attraction.
The dunes have developed over millions of years, the result of material flowing from the Orange River into the Atlantic, carried north and returned again to land by the surf.
Climbing the dunes yields breathtaking views, including the Deadvlei, a ghostly expanse of dried white clay punctuated by skeletons of ancient camelthorn trees.

COUNTRY OF THE WEEK

 UGANDA- THE PEARL OF AFRICA.

Visit_ The Murchison falls National park.

6hours from Kampala -home of endangered Rothschild Giraffe, large Buffalo and elephant herd, one of the largest concentration of the largest freshwater crocodile -the Nile crocodile ( up to 6meters in length), various antelopes, shoebill stork and many water, forest and savanna birds and according to the lonely planet - the most powerful water in the world Murchison falls.Budongo forest is part of the park and you can do some of the best birding along the golden mile and go chimpanzee tracking and during the off season you can do a full day of chimpanzee habituation.

Kidepo valley national park

one of the most remote parks in Africa --an amazing -tranquil place - filled with a variety of wildlife in what one could call the wild North East of Uganda.Rothchild Giraffe, elephants zebras, antelopes, lions, leopards,cheetah ostriches, just to name a few - those whose come here have no regrets --but are glad that they made the extra effort.

Mount Elgon in East of Uganda

The summit is on the Uganda side of the kenya-- Uganda border-- it is a hike climb that takes about 3 to 4 days depending on which route you take-Africa- montane vegetation with lobelias which flower in June -- Giant Heather, Bamboo forest on the way up and view to view to live for.

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