Media highlights for African Parks in March and April 2017 included coverage by NBC News, National Geographic, Mongabay, The Guardian, The Hollywood Reporter, The New York Times, Wanderlust, among others.
HONORING THOSE WHO PROTECT WILDLIFE | State Department, 3 March 2017
People who purchase illegally trafficked animal products are often aware they shouldn’t have bought that ivory bracelet or crocodile purse, but they rarely know the whole story of how that illegal product ends up on the shelf. The US State Department hosted an event to honour front line defenders of wildlife and their families.
INSIDE THE GREEN BERETS’ HUNT FOR WANTED WARLORD JOSEPH KONY | NBC News, 6 March 2017
On its surface, this is a simple mission. U.S. Army Special Forces, or Green Berets, have been ordered to “apprehend or remove” one of the world’s most notorious warlords from the battlefield, along with his top commanders. In August, the U.S. and its allies began an operation in Garamba aimed at pushing the LRA out of the park.
‘RETURN OF THE LION’ PREMIERES IN KIGALI | The New Times, 11 March 2017
“Return of the Lion”, a documentary about the restocking of lions in Akagera National Park premiered on Thursday evening at Century Cinema in Kigali. Several people, including high-profile dignitaries and conservationists, graced the premiere of perhaps the biggest conservation stories in Rwanda’s history.
TRAVELER’S VIEW: LET’S NOT DERAIL OUR NATIONAL PARKS MOVEMENT | National Parks Traveller, 19 March 2017
Though the United States is hailed as the birthplace of national parks, of late the movement’s most positive news comes from abroad. The Wyss commitment to African Parks is mentioned as conservation ‘good news coming from abroad’ while the US Parks System becomes imperilled.
NEW MAPS MAY HELP CHASE DOWN POACHERS BEFORE THEY STRIKE | National Geographic, 23 March 2017
A tiny bungalow in the central Kenyan bush is the joint operation centre for a new kind of weapon in the war against wildlife poaching: information—lots of it. National Geographic reports on the Vulcan DAS system which was deployed in Akagera National Park last year.
RARE OPPORTUNITY TO WITNESS THE KUOMBOKA FESTIVAL, ZAMBIA | Luxury Travel Magazine, 24 March 2017
The spectacular Kuomboka Festival occurs on Zambia’s Liuwa Plains when the Lozi people escape rising floodwaters in a colourful ceremonial procession. This normally annual event has not taken place for the last three years as a result of poor rainfall, but this year’s event is scheduled to take place on 8th April – just after the opening of the nearby King Lewanika Lodge.
KENYA: ISIOLO TO ENGAGE CONSERVATION FIRM TO REVIVE PARKS | All Africa, 6 April 2017
Kenya might be the eighth country in Africa to have two of its game reserves managed by a conservation firm if the Isiolo County government and local stakeholders strike a deal. In an effort to allay fears and involve local communities in plans to revive the reserves and to offer new management, the county government over the weekend took 22 stakeholders on a tour of the Akagera National Park in Rwanda.
THE LUXURY CAMP THAT’S MAKING ZAMBIA THE NEXT HOT SAFARI DESTINATION | Robb Report, 7 April 2017
With the opening of Time + Tide’s new King Lewanika Lodge, Zambia is quickly emerging as a premier safari destination that offers a worthy alternative to the crowded and tightly controlled game drives of the more popular Serengeti. Developed in partnership with African Parks (a conservation nonprofit that works closely with the Zambian Department of National Parks and Wildlife), Lewanika is the only permanent lodge in the Western Provence’s Liuwa Plain National Park.
IUCN DEPLORES RANGER DEATHS IN GARAMBA NATIONAL PARK | IUCN, 22 April 2017
The number of park rangers who lose their lives while exercising their duties remains intolerably high. In 2016, the International Ranger Federation reported that 107 rangers had been killed in the line of duty, with 42% at the hands of poachers.
HILLARY CLINTON MAKES SURPRISE VISIT TO TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL | CBS News, 23 April 2017
At a special VR premiere, Academy Award-winning director Kathryn Bigelow, co-creator Imraan Ismail, Secretary Clinton and African Parks’ CMO Andrea Heydlauff, discuss the Virtual Reality Documentary “The Protectors: A Walk in the Ranger’s Shoes” at TriBeCa flim festival. The film chronicles a day in the life of the rangers in Garamba National Park. The hour-long panel begain with a simultaneous screening of the flim, followed by a 45-minute discussion on African Parks, Garamba, rangers, the threat of poaching and future for elephants.
KATHRYN BIGELOW, HILLARY CLINTON, AND VIRTUAL REALITY JOIN FORCES TO SAVE THE ELEPHANTS | Vanity Fair, 23 April 2017
Clinton was on-hand as a surprise guest and panelist for the premiere of The Protectors: Walk in the Ranger’s Shoes, a new virtual reality short film from director Kathryn Bigelow and VR creator Imraan Ismail. The eight-minute film highlights the African elephants’ race toward extinction at the hands of ivory-seeking poachers, interviewing a group of Garamba National Park rangers in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
HILLARY CLINTON MAKES SURPRISE APPEARANCE AT TRIBECA FEST | WWLP, 23 April 2017
The premiere of a virtual reality short by Oscar-winning director Kathryn Bigelow was already a high-profile event at the Tribeca Film Festival on Saturday night. And then Hillary Clinton walked onstage. Clinton was an unannounced panelist, there to discuss the scourge of elephant poaching — the subject of Bigelow’s eight-minute film “The Protectors: Walk in the Rangers’ Shoes,” about park rangers trying to save elephants in Garamba National Park in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
TWO WILDLIFE RANGERS KILLED BY POACHERS IN DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO | The Guardian, 25 April 2017
Elephant poachers have killed two wildlife rangers in a shootout in Garamba National Park in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), reports African Parks, a not-for-profit conservation group that manages 10 protected areas across Africa in partnership with governments and local communities.