No 278 Wildlife Trade News 27th November 2014

The daily dose of bad news about poaching, wildlife and environmental crimes …

in the spotlight today ……………………

Chinese logging company takes over Guyana’s forests Illegal deforestation occurring despite Guyana’s ground-breaking low carbon development strategy – See more at:

( NA COMMENT: How/why is CHINA allowed to remain a member of CITES when it is involved all over the world in illegal logging and illegal wildlife trading? There must be an armada of ships entering Chinese ports every week carrying illegal logs. How difficult/easy can it be to spot such ships? Did you ever hear of one being intercepted by the Chinese authorities?)

Based on what you have seen and read of rampant Chinese complicity in the illegal wildlife and logging trade, do you think this poster below reflects the attitude of the CITES Secretariat and Standing Committee towards China?

What possible other explanation could there be for their apparent silence and lack of CITES enforcement action?

No 278 Wildlife Trade News 27th November 2014

The tigress

New Virunga Rangers Complete their Training

The CITES Virtual College now available in Chinese. (NA comment: China and CITES applauding one another, again. No change there then. Remember this: It was the same Chinese CITES MA who rubber stamped the illegal (IT’S CLASSED AS LEGAL BY CITES, BUT EVERYONE KNEW THEN AND NOW, IT WAS ILLEGAL.) import of 145 great apes from Guinea.)

Natural Ruses Rule Out Culling for Elephants in Kruger National Park, South Africa

Tanzania: Park Vows to Preserve Forest Around Mt K’njaro

Abseiling Attack Dogs Deployed to Save South Africa’s Rhinos

Woman fined after being caught trying to bring crushed rhino horn and bear bile medicines through Cardiff Airport UK

UAE donates 10 boats and a plane to Gabon

Prince William Advocates for Africa’s Wildlife: ‘Time Is Running Out’,,20395222_20877104,00.html

South Sudan’s Elephants in Grave Danger as War Rages, WCS Says

Kenyans United Against Poaching – KUAPO posted in Save the Arabuko Sokoke Forest – Say No to OIL!
Kenyans United Against Poaching – KUAPO 26 November 07:54


1. Nature Kenya has written a letter of thanks to CAMAC for ceasing work in the Arabuko Sokoke Forest but stressing displeasure at the fact that CAMAC still believes it followed due process and that 2D seismic surveys would not have any adverse effect on the forest and its inhabitants. The letter also clearly asks that CAMAC steer clear off all ecological sites within Block L16 including Malindi – Watamu Marine National Parks and Reserves, Gede National Monument, Matsangoni caves, Sabaki river mouth, Kaya Kauma and other kaya forests, and Dakacha Woodland.

2. BGP and CAMAC continue their work on community lands despite Governor’s request for them to lay down tools and hold an intensive public stakeholder consultation and submit a new ESIA before proceeding. We will be gathering facts on exactly where and when this is all happening.

3. Two transects in Block L16 are almost finished.

4. Meetings between ASFADA, CAMAC and BGP is taking place today. There was also a meeting yesterday with all the community forest association and county representation wherein the following was agreed:
a. The ESIA would be redone to allow inclusion of the concerns raised by the community and stakeholders.
b. The Community Liaison Officer for this project is to be replaced because he has demonstrated lack of respect for the community and misled CAMAC Energy and BGP in this flawed process.
c. Compensation protocol is to be standardized and agreed upon before-hand.
d. Armed, uniformed policemen must not be used in the community because it tends to intimidate community.
e. There should be no prospecting/surveying work in the following ecosystems
• Arabuko-Sokoke Forest
• Mida Creek
• Sabaki Estuary
• Malindi and Watamu Marine National Parks
• Dakatcha Community Conserved Areas
• Kaya Chivara
• Kaya Kauma

5. At least one of the transects is directly on the boundary of Arabuko Sokoke Forest Reserve. Any detonation here will still affect the inhabitants of the forest including the elephant and the elephant shrew.


It is as much about travel to Uganda and Kenya as it is about travel to Africa per se


(Posted 27th November 2014)

All the 500+ delegates who attended the 39th Africa Travel Association Annual World Congress in Kampala have now returned home, with most of the foreign delegates having toured the Pearl of Africa either before or after the congress to take with them firsthand experience about the range of attractions, the different national parks and of course the primate tracking, which in Uganda is second to none with not just gorillas but also golden monkeys, chimpanzees, colobus and many more easily seen by tourists.

Some 20 countries were in attendance, from host nation Uganda to Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Gambia, Liberia, Nigeria, Ivory Coast, Cameroon, Zimbabwe, Zambia, South Africa, the Seychelles, Turkey, Switzerland, Italy, the UK, Canada and the US, giving Uganda a unique opportunity to showcase herself as one of Africa’s foremost adventure destinations, offering literally everything a tourist coming to Africa can expect, from the culture of the many tribes to the age old heritage of working kingdoms, from sandy beaches of the many islands in Lake Victoria to the snowcapped Mountains of the Moon, savannah and forest national parks, 14 species of primates, the Big Five, rafting, kayaking, bungee jumping, hiking and mountain climbing, there is hardly a box which is not ticked. Uganda’s tourism stakeholders were overall happy with the results and the support given to the event by the government of Uganda and are now already building on the contacts they have established to bring more tourists from the source markets of North America and also from across Africa and Europe to Uganda. ‘I think we did good. They liked the Uganda experience. We had a great venue in Munyonyo. Those who went on safari gave us big time exposure on the social media which was buzzing about Uganda. Let’s build on that and take the message to the world when we attend the next tourism trade fairs, that Uganda is a great country to visit’ said one of the Ugandan delegates in a Facebook message.

Kenya in contrast will now embark on their journey towards the 40th ATA Annual Congress to be held in November next year in Nairobi and no doubt pull out all the stops to exceed the number of delegates and visitors, using it as a major platform to showcase their country and in the run-up to the event telling the world that Kenya is safe to visit, inspite of some glaring failures by the country’s security organs in recent weeks.

Said a Kenyan participant at ATA, on condition of not being named over the sensitive nature of some of the comments made: ‘As you say we will be pulling out all the stops for ATA. Next year we have the SKAL World Congress come to Mombasa and that will hopefully show Skalleagues from around the world who are all opinion leaders in their own right, that it is safe to visit our beach resorts and safari parks. We will have the fifth edition of the Magical Kenya Travel Expo and that will definitely be bigger and better than ever before. And we have ATA come back to Nairobi which they do every 10 years. We want to make that event about Africa as much as about Kenya. The Ebola scare will be over by then and I personally hope we have a new team in charge of the country’s security by then, because those on top are part of the problem now as much as those who aim their bad intentions on our country and our people. Kenya has so many attractions, just like you have in Uganda and how they have in Rwanda and Tanzania and even Burundi.

ATA next year will be in Kenya but it will be about East Africa and about Africa in general. We have a year to get the message out that Africa is open for business and wants more tourists, offers investment opportunities in the tourism and hospitality industry and helps us to create and maintain jobs, very important for our next generation. We will all chip in to make this happen. It is 11 months and counting and we need your help, the help of the media, to drum up support and tell the positive side of tourism in Kenya’.

While Uganda is looking back with considerable pride on delivery a very classy congress for ATA and all the delegates is Kenya looking forward to emulate this and perhaps do even better, when in a year the crème de la crème of tour and travel operators dedicated to promoting Africa will return to East Africa to enjoy Kenya’s hospitality.

RwandAir – an essential part of Rwanda Incorporated


(Posted 27th November 2014)

When in two weeks’ time a delegation from IATA will be in Kigali to formally present RwandAir with their IOSA Certificate, which catapulted the airline into the global elite of safety audited airlines, will the guests from near and far see a lot more than just the airline’s headquarters and operations but also the ‘new’ Kigali International Airport.

Rwanda, repeatedly described by this correspondent as Rwanda Incorporated, may be a geographically smaller country but certainly has taken her place on the world scene and is by the general evaluation of many, using a pugilist term, punching well above her weight, and rightly so.

The Rwandan government has identified aviation as a key to economic success, being a landlocked country twice removed from the nearest deep sea ocean port of Mombasa, through which most of the imports and exports are routed. Tourism is the biggest foreign exchange earner and has been for several years, outpacing agriculture, mining and the service industry, as Rwanda has also established herself as a regional ICT hub.

RwandAir and the Rwanda Civil Aviation Authority, both fall under the same home ministry of Infrastructure and Transport, and while clearly functioning independently of each other, as the regulator and the regulated should be, is a greater force at work here, superimposing national goals.

While RwandAir, with the full backing of the government, which owns all the shares in the company, has over the past three years progressively expanded operations, destinations and the fleet, now operating two B737-800NG SkyInterior, two B737-700NG’s, two Bombardier CRJ900 NextGen’s and one Bombardier Q400 NextGen, has the RCAA played their role in expanding and modernizing the existing Kigali International Airport.

Inspite of plans to build a brand new second airport in Bugesera, some 20 kilometres outside the capital, which should be ready for operations by 2018, has the RCAA, which besides being the national aviation regulator is also managing the country’s airports, spent megabucks in upgrading and expanding Kigali International, previously known as Kanombe International, to provide much needed extra space. Not only do more airlines now fly to Kigali than ever before, the latest entrant being flydubai, besides Brussels Airlines, KLM, Kenya Airways, Ethiopian Airlines, Qatar Airways, Turkish Airlines, South African Airways to name but a few, but notably has the growth of RwandAir itself made larger spaces inevitable. The national airline of the Land of a Thousand Hills now carries well in excess of half a million passengers, many of them in transit to their final destination, be it West Africa, South Africa, the Gulf or of course the entire Eastern African region with a total of 16 destinations.

Two more aircraft will join the fleet in 2015 and 2016, adding yet more growth and the Rwandan government, wise in their foresight, took early steps to avoid the perennial congestion Nairobi suffered for several years before the new Terminal 1A was opened a few months ago, or Entebbe where the airport has reached its limits, inspite of the local regulators wiping out quasi national airline Air Uganda earlier in the year.

Aviation, like everything else in Rwanda, follows a masterplan, which while tweaked and adjusted as need arises has brought about a holistic approach, where the national airline and the main airport are backed and financed for expansion side by side, allowing for a success story to be written and a new feather put in to the national cap when IATA hands over the IOSA Certificate on the 10th of December.

Good governance, good discipline and good fortunes, all coming together to make this happen, as the Land of [a lot more than just] a Thousand Hills continues to shine as an African success story, one that not only includes aviation but has it as a centre piece of future development.

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VOTING line now OPEN for #sfw2014 AWARDS

As East Africa’s premier fashion event, the Swahili Fashion Week is coming closer
and closer, you can now cast your vote
for the 5th – 7th December #SFW2014
awards … and then book your ticket to
be there and witness fashion history being
made once again …


For the FOURTH year in a row, the fashion awards for Tanzania and East Africa are set for 7 December 2014 at Sea Cliff Hotel

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Want to be a fashion tourist? Travel to Dar es Salaam for the #SFW2014


(Posted 24th November 2014)

With just over a week to go to the Swahili Fashion Week 2014, the seventh time that this fashion show is being held, are readers asking questions about the background of the #SFW and even more about ‘Who is Mustafa Hassanali’. Tanzania’s premier fashion showcase is again being organized by 3610 ( and hosted by the Sea Cliff Hotel ( and the who is who of Tanzania’s business community are literally queuing up as sponsors, evidence of how popular the Swahili Fashion Week has become over the years and how much sponsors will get in return over PR exposure and being linked to the event.

Mustafa appears to be very keen and prompt when talking about his passion for fashion and the various events he has in the past organized in Tanzania and across 18 other African countries and as far as Italy, where he is putting Tanzania’s unique creations on the map. 29 cities have seen MH’s shows where, besides bringing his passion for fashion to bear, he has been his home country’s goodwill ambassador, helping to raise interest in visiting Tanzania, be it for fashion tourism or for the more conventional safari and beach tourism. Yet little is otherwise known about Mustafa the person, the brain behind the fashion juggernaut he has created over the past years and it is perhaps time, just 10 days away from the #SFW2014 to shed some light on who Mustafa Hassanali really is.

Born in June 1980 Mustafa did he, of course, go through the various stages of formal education, finished Primary and Secondary School and then went on to study medicine, becoming a medical doctor.

Tongue in cheek I would perhaps say that his passion for fashion then prevailed over healing bodies when he began to dress the human body up some 15 years ago, when in 1999, initially as a hobby, he made his first big waves. That year’s Miss Tanzania, Hoyce Temu, wore his designer dress when she was crowned as Tanzania’s beauty queen and word has it that her dress must have played a role, instantly catapulting MH to fashion fame.

It was by no means a smooth ride though as ups and downs shook hand on the way through the various doors, which closed and opened for MH before in 2008 he then started what was to become Eastern Africa’s premier fashion event, often copied but never quite reached, the Swahili Fashion Week.

The UK’s New African Woman magazine named him as one of Africa’s top designers while Msafiri, Kenya Airways’ inflight magazine, in a feature about him some time ago named him the ‘Count of Couture’ – a title topped when Forbes included him as East Africa’s only fashion designer of notice in their Forbes Africa listings.

Apart from designing for renowned shows in the country like for the annual Miss Tanzania contest, corporate and television based shows and other high society events amongst others, Mustafa’s work has been highly appreciated at the international level. He has worked alongside Naomi Campbell’s who has modelled for him to various celebrities and high profile leaders who have adorned his couture.

Mustafa Hassanali was also appointed by the Minister for information, youth, Culture and sports to be part of the steering committee to search for Tanzania National Attire. He also has been the only designer to have been invited by Tanzania Embassy in Sweden and Russia to celebrate Tanzania Mainland and The union of Tanganyika and Zanzibar 50th anniversary in 2011 and 2014 respectively.

What adds a unique dimension to MH’s persona is his constant initiative in going out of the way, in supporting various charities such ‘Breast Cancer Awareness‘ & ‘Violence against Women‘. In Zanzibar he has supported the Zanzibar Mental Hospital. His medical background no doubt has influenced the establishment of on of his brands ‘Fashion 4 Health’.

Dar es Salaam may not yet be Milan, Paris, London or New York but for sure it is today THE city in Africa where a genuine African fashion scene has taken root and from where it has spread across the wider Eastern and Central African region. This is by and large thanks to Mustafa and his Herculean effort to put his own creations on the market and generally popularize East Africa’s fashion designs, designers and their annual collections and put them under the global spotlight. He has literally travelled the fashion world’s key locations and showcased Swahili Fashion from Johannesburg to Dakar, from Lusaka to Harare, to promote his collections and give African fashion a new face and a new name.

In fact, as a new trend, has fashion tourism began to make an impact, as more and more people travel from the wider Eastern African region to see the Swahili Fashion Week, and other such events, close up and personal and besides travel also buy and wear the dresses and accessories’ on show.

I guess now you all know a bit more about HM and his passion for fashion but if this was not enough, get a ticket, come to the Swahili Fashion Week in Dar es Salaam from 05th to 07th December and, if lucky enough to get close to HM, ask him yourself another question or two what makes him tick.

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In the dead of night a group of men hack the meat from a corpse using rusted machetes and pocket knives. Together they’re like a machine systematically tearing flesh from bone, slashing and sawing with blunted instruments. By morning all that’s left for the vultures are stalactites of flesh that cling stubbornly to the ribcage, … Full Story →

No 277 Wildlife Trade News 26th November 2014

Your daily dose of bad news from around the world about poaching, wildlife and
environmental crimes

in the spotlight today ……………………

Wildlife crime study finds 33,000 items worth £7m for sale online Biggest ever survey in 16 countries finds adverts for live tigers, orangutans and chimps – plus a ‘toilet-trained’ gorilla.

‘Shocking’ scale of online trade in endangered animals and parts revealed

No 277 Wildlife Trade News 26th November 2014

Palanivel’s secretive NRE and Perhilitan must be stopped. MALAYSIA

Sarawak labelled as ” ground zero of deforestation’

Delhi NGO to rescue 67 circus elephants from ‘torture’ Read more:

China Demands Philippines Release Fishermen (NA comment. China wants criminals who killed turtles to be freed – to go back into business?)

Vietnam seizes over 1,000 dead endangered sea turtles extract: "They were meant to be processed into handicrafts for export to China,"


Adaptive Engagement: China’s Approach to Southern Africa

Interpol interested to investigate wildlife trafficking in Bangladesh – See more at:

10 tigers missing from Pilibhit Reserve

"Does Asia Pulp & Paper have sufficient plantation fiber supply to support its zero deforestation commitment?". INDONESIA

APP boosting timber productivity to support zero deforestation policy

Malaysia’s famous Orang Utan may be extinct by 2020
Full article:

China: 10 sentenced to 5 to 13 years’ imprisonment last week for purchasing, transporting & selling in China. (NA comment: History in the making – and not before time?)

More elephants die in Aceh in two years. SUMATRA/INDONESIA extract: The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Aceh recorded that 28 elephants have died in Aceh since January last year.

Man with 12 pangolins nabbed in Beaufort. SABAH/MALAYSIA

Humanity Caged by Monkeys. INDONESIA

Could this be the mantra of the CITES Standing Committee?

“To avoid criticism, say nothing, do nothing, and be nothing?”

Missing Ivory: Mutagamba suspends UWA’s executive director. UGANDA – See more at: ( NA comment: click the link to see the actual suspension letter.)

Exotic pet owners given 30 days to free animals. UAE

Image Credit: Atiq-Ur-Rehman/Gulf News Archives A cheetah was found in front of the mosque near Radisson SAS Hotel in Sharjah. The decision to ban keeping wild animals in farms and houses has come in for praise.

Wildlife SOS to Help Rescue India’s Remaining Circus Elephants

Centre to work with NGO to rescue elephants being used illegally in circus. INDIA

India’s wildlife crisis Read more at: (NA comment: check out the graph)

Phuket: Khao Lak elephant camp raided, croc seized

Poor billionaire has no compassion for living animals: iLIVE. ROMANIA

Russia considers tougher penalties for illegal wildlife trade over internet

South Africa: U.S. Boosts Fight to Protect Wildlife

Stunning Honesty From Sarawak’s New Chief Minister Adenan Satem shocks observers by calling out the state’s rampant corruption. extract: In a rare gathering of timber barons, Adenan apparently stunned his audience, telling them that he will “put the fear of god into people who are dishonest.” “Some, of course not all, pretend they don’t know. The reason is very simple; either they are stupid, cowards or corrupt,” he said in a cracking break from the past.

Chris Packham’s Malta team wins major environmental prize

Ethiopia: Authority’s Hands On Wildlife Trafficking

Elephant orphans must grow up without their mothers

Ivory poaching has left many young elephants without mothers. These youngsters must find a way to rebuild their lives.

Illegal logs used in public schools. The Philippines

Monkey menace: Lift ban on monkey export for bio-medical research. INDIA

Canadian pleads guilty in NY rhino horns case

Pangolins seized from carat roadblock. SABAH/MALAYSIA

Is Jurassic World Violating CITES Protections?

Prince William honours Africa’s wildlife guardians

Progress being made in curbing illegal timber imports – See more at:


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