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No 503 Wildlife Trade News: 31st August 2015

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

in the spotlight today ……………………

What is the difference between these two headlines?

Wildlife crisis. CITES calls emergency talks.

The one above should be true, but it is not. see below: If the whole of the EU can, and does, respond to a crisis this way, why not CITES? Could it be because politicians are elected, accountable and can lose their jobs if they screw up? Whereas CITES officials get the same pay and benefits, maybe even promotion, regardless of whether or not the law is broken and species disappear? Who can YOU hold accountable?

Migrant crisis: EU calls emergency talks https://www.google.com/search?hl=en&gl=uk&tbm=nws&authuser=0&q=eu&oq=eu&gs_l=news-cc.3..43j0l10j43i53.37559.37987.0.38748.2.2.0.0.0.0.121.224.0j2.2.0…0.0…1ac.1.CBwyTDeGCok

“A body of men and women holding themselves accountable to nobody ought not to be trusted by anybody.”Thomas Paine

No 503 Wildlife Trade News: 31st August 2015

ARGENTINA: CHINESE oil exploration plans in Argentine national park fuel local anger http://news.mongabay.com/2015/08/oil-exploration-plans-in-argentine-national-park-fuel-local-anger/

The one picture that defines life in captivity for zoo animals."A moment’s interest and comedy for the visitors… and a lifetime’s captivity for the orangutan."

USA: Marin man’s alleged sidekick pleads guilty in rhino horn smuggling case http://www.marinij.com/general-news/20150830/marin-mans-alleged-sidekick-pleads-guilty-in-rhino-horn-smuggling-case

India: No country for wild tigers? Authorities seek to widen a road that would cut wildlife corridors and put the future sustainability of three tiger reserves at risk http://www.theguardian.com/environment/india-untamed/2015/aug/31/india-no-country-for-wild-tigers

INDIA: Tribal families to leave wildlife sanctuary http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/kerala/tribal-familiesto-leave-wildlife-sanctuary/article7598516.ece

SARAWAK/MALAYSIA: ‘Selling wildlife is killing Miri’s image with tourists’ http://www.thestar.com.my/News/Nation/2015/08/31/Selling-wildlife-is-killing-Miris-image-with-tourists/

PAKISTAN: PM shows concern over poor condition of forests http://tribune.com.pk/story/947856/degrading-environment-pm-shows-concern-over-poor-condition-of-forests/

Industrial concessions causing massive deforestation in Cambodia http://news.mongabay.com/2015/08/land-concessions-responsible-for-large-scale-deforestation-in-cambodia/

APEC cracks down on illegal wildlife trafficking http://news.pia.gov.ph/article/view/901440998638/apec-cracks-down-on-illegal-wildlife-trafficking

Ol Pejeta August 2015 – Your Wildlife and Community News

News from Kenya’s most complete wilderness experience conservancy … Ol Pejeta

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August 2015
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#GoodBoyDiego
#GoodBoyDiego – an Anti-poaching Dog: a Rhino’s Best Friend
Meet Diego, one of Ol Pejeta’s anti-poaching dogs. He is a dog with a mission: to protect rhinos from poachers. When he has his eye on a target, there’s no stopping him.

// Watch the unforgettable footage here

// Find out how you can help

An Early Start for Solo’s Calf
Rhino calves typically part with their mothers to find their own territories at the age of 2 years. However, this was not the case for Solo’s calf.

Despite an unusually early start, this young rhino seems to be adapting beautifully to life in the wild.

// Read Solo’s calf story

// Do you want to name this calf? Find out how.

Solo's calf
Morani's restaurant
Ol Pejeta’s lunch pass

You can now enjoy an amazing 60% discount on entry AND vehicle fees, every day between 11am and 2pm, when you eat at Ol Pejeta’s Morani’s Restaurant.

There’s never been a better time to embark on your wild Ol Pejeta adventure!

#Makearhino
Make a rhino, save a species

Following the death of female northern white rhino Nabire, Ol Pejeta and the Dvur Kralove Zoo have recently launched a fundraising campaign to raise the £0.5 million pounds required for In Vitro Fertilisation for this species.

// Here’s how you can be part of this amazing project

Green energy
Finally Green Energy for Ereri Primary School
Ereri Primary School is located in a remote area north of Ol Pejeta. Here, among other infrastructural challenges, schools and households are off-grid and have no access to electricity.

However, thanks to Ol Pejeta’s ongoing partnership with Woodpecker International Foundation, Ereri’s prospects are looking bright. A group of volunteers recently installed a 5000W solar system, fully capable of powering dormitories as well as a new computer laboratory.

// More on this amazing story

Recovering Ol Pejeta’s Beisa Oryx Population
Ol Pejeta’s population of Beisa Oryx has recently been consolidated at the predator-free Mount Kenya Wildlife Estate.

This move is geared towards boosting population numbers and increasing genetic diversity.

Oryx
Wild Discovery Fact
Did you know? Chimpanzees are some of our closest relatives. These great apes share 98.6% of their genetic DNA with humans.

Their interactions and behaviour bear many uncanny resemblances to humans. Like us, chimpanzees are known to make use of tools – using rocks to crack tough nuts and long, thin twigs to fish for termites. They are the only primates to have developed tool use to such an advanced level.

// Discover more

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ATA extends early bird registration fees for Nairobi congress by two weeks

ATA Kenya Congress Early Bird Rates Extended to September 15th
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EARLY BIRD RATES EXTENDED TO SEPTEMBER 15TH FOR ATA’S 40TH ANNUAL WORLD CONGRESS IN KENYA
Early Bird Rates have been extended to September 15th for ATA’s 40th Annual World Congress in Nairobi, Kenya! Early bird registration is $400/person for ATA members. After this date, ATA members can register for $500/person, while the non-member registration fee is $600/person.

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Etihad’s new home terminal construction advances ahead of schedule

ABU DHABI’S NEW MIDFIELD TERMINAL ADVANCES AHEAD OF SCHEDULE

(Posted 31st August 2015)

Etihad Airways’ exclusive new home terminal, also due to be used by all Etihad partner airlines like Air Seychelles, Air Berlin and Jet Airways, among others, is reportedly making good building progress and will according to reliable information received be more than two third complete by the end of 2015.

Etihad, one of the three major Gulf airlines, has been playing out its own strategy and instead of joining a global airline alliance formed its own network through equity participation. With a growing fleet and a growing global network putting pressure on existing terminal facilities in Abu Dhabi will the new Midfield Terminal no doubt mark a milestone for the UAE’s national airline, when a sparkling new terminal will provide ground handling and a passenger experience matching the award winning inflight service Etihad has created in recent years.

Passengers joining flights beyond Abu Dhabi will from mid July 2017 – the Abu Dhabi Airport Company has given a provisional opening date as the 17th of July 2017 – be able to enjoy unparalleled comfort through new premium lounges, first class shopping facilities and wide open spaces when connecting in AUH for their final destination.

Etihad presently flies daily to Nairobi, in code share with Kenya Airways, and four times a week to Entebbe with flights to Dar es Salaam coming on line in December this year. All services into East Africa are operated by Airbus A320 aircraft in a two class configuration.

After Dubai for long set the standards and pace in airport expansion did Qatar’s Hamad International Airport get the better of both DXB and DWC after being opened last year and when Abu Dhabi’s new terminal complex is ready it too is expected to set new standards for international airports. For breaking and regular aviation news look no further but this space.

Kenya’s new e-Visa regime – not entirely watertight as yet

KENYA’S GRACE PERIOD FOR VISA ON ARRIVAL EXPIRES AT MIDNIGHT

(Posted 31st August 2015)

At the stroke of midnight, when the date switches to 01st of September, will the grace period expire for Visa on arrival for visitors to Kenya.

Anyone arriving afterwards is now expected to have applied for an e-Visa as prescribed by Kenya’s changed immigration regulations and carry a printout to be presented at the various entry points, be it Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Mombasa’s Moi International Airport or the land borders from Ethiopia, Somalia, South Sudan, Tanzania or Uganda.

Airlines were given the respective notices that this change will take place as of 01st of September and passengers intending to visit Kenya may be refused boarding unless they can produce an e-Visa.

Airlines the world over are extremely cautious when checking in passengers, ascertaining that travelers have their passports and Visa in order, as they otherwise risk hefty fines should passengers be refused entry and sent back, with some countries charging fines as high as 10.000 US Dollars for each such passenger.

There is presently no indication that Kenya may resort to such measures and for some time there were in fact suggestions circulating that the grace period be expanded, as there are continued complaints about the processing period and access to the website. While according to tourism stakeholders in Nairobi the handling of e-Visa applications has vastly improved since the launch of the website, have not all concerns be addressed and sections of the tourism industry are concerned that clients prone to last minute bookings may now shift to destinations where no Visa are required or Visa can be obtained on arrival.

Within East Africa are the contrasts also stark, as in particular for the countries of the Northern Corridor Integration member countries Uganda and Rwanda Visa are still available on arrival. There passengers in fact have the choice to either obtain a single Visa for the respective country or, and here the loophole is most visible, they can purchase an East African Common Tourist Visa at a cost of 100 US Dollars. Once this has been done will tourists be able to cross into Kenya under this Visa format, defeating the reasons which prompted the launch of the advance e-Visa requirements for Kenya.

Tanzania, also a member of the East African Community, equally continues to offer Visa on arrival to many nationalities, especially from countries where many tourists come from, leaving Kenya less competitive, something which may yet come to haunt plans for a full tourism recovery. Watch this space for further information as and when available on how Kenya will deal with such glaring disparities in coming days and weeks.

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Special Lion Kids Camp

Reunion

This month we held a very special edition of our Lion Kids Camp. We brought together 122 Kenyan children who had all previously participated in a Lion Kids Camp. Everyone was so excited to see each other and reunite for four days of conservation education, games, career advice, and much more. The children joined us from 11 schools spread across three counties. Three of our sponsored students – Painoti, Saniki and Joy, pictured above – were in attendance. To date, we have held 4 camps in Samburu and Laikipia here in northern Kenya. These children have bright futures ahead of them and we feel privileged to be part of it.

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0a73ee1f-bfcb-4cf3-a727-5183c0eb19cb.jpgCelebrating Lions Worldwide

August 10th marked World Lion Day and to celebrate, we went ‘Running For Lions’. Each staff member ran in a race around camp in honor of his or her favorite lion – and we compiled this video. Meanwhile, our super supporter Brian Khepri ran for 34 hoursstraight in Arizona – and raised more than $2,000 for conservation.

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Paul recently talked with Mongabay, the environmental news site, to discuss the use of technology in lion conservation. In this interview, he describes how Ewaso Lions uses low- and hi-tech solutions to human-wildlife conflict. From mobile phones to developing new predator deterrent systems, we are continuously exploring how technology can make conservation more impactful and efficient.

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One morning, we heard the wild dogs from camp. Letoiye searched for them and was joined by Kura, our camp dog. Here, the two of them scan the landscape for Kura’s wild cousins.

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Kenya Airways choses UK based aircraft broker to sell surplus B777-200’s

GOING – GOING BUT NOT YET GONE AS KENYA AIRWAYS SEEKS TO SELL B777-200’S

(Posted 30th August 2015)

Kenya Airways has put things in motion last week to sell off four Boeing B777-200’s, which were acquired from the manufacturer new between 2004 and 2007, making the planes between eleven and eight years old.

Parked outside the airline’s Embakasi headquarters for the past several months have these aircraft been replaced on long haul routes by the newer and more fuel efficient Boeing B787 Dreamliner and the larger B777-300ER. Kenya Airways presently has seven Dreamliners in service with two more due for delivery and three of the larger Boeing B777-300ER, which has a greater passenger and cargo capacity compared to the -200 and also a longer range. It is understood that Kenya Airways has contracted Cabot Aviation in the UK to sell the planes on their behalf though it is not clear if the three B777-300ER will also be sold off when the remaining Boeing B787 Dreamliners have been delivered to Nairobi or if they will remain on the fleet, now that traffic to Kenya is picking up again.

B777’s presently sell new at prices ranging between around 260 million US Dollars to around 290 million US Dollars, depending on the model type but aircraft which have been in use for over a decade, while still relatively new, will of course attract much lower offers from buyers.

The effect of the wobbly Chinese economy and the potential fallout for the rest of the world is an added factor why the market for used aircraft at present is judged to be softish, coupled with the vastly improved operating cost of more state of the art aircraft like the B787 or the A350 XWB. This may explain Kenya Airways’ opting to use a go-between for the aircraft sale and Cabot has in recent months successfully completed similar transactions for a number of other airlines. Watch this space for regular and breaking aviation news from the Eastern African region.

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