Lack of welfare studies on captive breeding exposes lions to undocumented cruelty

There is a major scientific gap of animal welfare studies focusing on captive lions housed in commercial farms in South Africa. This has been revealed in a joint scientific study published earlier this month by World Animal Protection and Blood Lions. “With a substantial captive lion industry of more than 350 commercial facilities holding between 8,000-10,000 lions and the complete absence of scientific welfare studies in that industry, we are in the dark in terms of the extent and nature of the welfare issues we are dealing with. The many atrocities found by the National Council…

How NASA Technology Can Help Save The World’s Largest Shark

Credits CNN In a report for Call to Earth, CNN hears how thousands of people around the world are lending a hand to help save the world’s largest fish – the whale shark. Co-founded by Australian marine biologist Brad Norman, The Wildbook for Whale Sharks is an online photo-identification library that uses NASA technology to identify individual sharks by the patterns on their skin. Thousands of ‘citizen scientists’ around the world submit photos that provide critical information about the endangered species’ population hotspots and migration routes. Today, the database holds…

Sarova Hotels & Resorts Wins 2020 World Luxury Hotel Award.

Sarova Hotels and Resorts, Kenya’s first indigenous hospitality company has this year clinched top accolades at the 14th edition of the World Luxury Hotel Awards for outstanding service in the Industry. Sarova Whitesands Beach Resort & Spa clinched the best Luxury Family Beach Resort in the region while Sarova Mara Game Camp won the best Tented Safari Camp at the world’s most prestigious and exclusive awards which recognize the best facilities and service quality the hotel industry has to offer. The region’s leading Hospitality Group which is committed to hospitality…

Prince William talks of creating “the most prestigious environmental global prize”

Credits CNN In an interview with CNN’s Max Foster, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, discussed the launch of a decade-long prize initiative to reward and highlight solutions to environmental problems around the world. The Earthshot Prize will award five, one million-pound prizes each year for the next ten years, with the backing of philanthropists and international conservation groups. Prince William spoke about the project, “It’s really the most prestigious environmental global prize there’s ever been on the environment.” He added, “It’s about optimism. It’s about this idea that we can…

The British farm that went from ‘biological desert’ to biodiversity hotspot

Credits CNN In a report for Call to Earth, CNN visited the Knepp estate, a 3,500-acre area in the south of England, where a traditional farm has been transformed into a biodiversity hotspot through rewilding. Rewilding aims to restore ecosystems to a natural state and often involves the reintroduction of native animals. Since starting the process in 2001, Knepp is now home to an array of different creatures and has become a celebrated conservation success story, attracting many rare species and transforming the landscape from an English country farm to untamed wilderness. CNN…

Sarova Experience: It is Migration Season in Kenya

It is Migration season, and tourism enthusiasm now revolves around the Great Wildebeest Migration, but you could choose to spend your time at the Kenyan coast and marvel at how a 15-meter long and 30 ton humpback whale creates massive splashes as they jump out of the Indian Ocean waters before splashing back in with a rhythmic swim. In what is known in Kenya as a Twin Migration, wildebeest and the humpback whales migrate between the months of June to October marking a unique wildlife phenomenon that incorporates both the…

What is Coronavirus

The name for this kind of virus comes from the crownlike spikes it has on its surface — “corona” is Latin for “crown.” Coronaviruses are a large group of viruses that infect mostly bats, pigs and small mammals. In rare cases, they are what scientists call zoonotic, meaning they can be transmitted from animals to humans, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.   How does it spread Like other coronaviruses – such as the common cold – the virus is spread via droplets when a person coughs or sneezes. It can also…

Thai doctors finds cure for coronavirus

Thai doctors say cocktail of drugs can fight coronavirus BANGKOK (Reuters) – Thai doctors have seen success in treating severe cases of the new coronavirus with combination of medications for flu and HIV, with initial results showing vast improvement 48 hours after applying the treatment, they said on Sunday. The doctors from Rajavithi Hospital in Bangkok said a new approach in coronavirus treatment had improved the condition of several patients under their care, including one 70-year-old Chinese woman from Wuhan who tested positive for the coronavirus for 10 days. The…

Implementation of environmental and forestry related policies key to effective governance in the forest sector.

By Tobby Otum The government is currently implementing the second National Climate Change Action Plan (NCCAP) for the period 2018-2022. Environment and Forestry Principal Secretary Betty Maina said NCCAP is the vehicle for delivering the country’s Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) under the Paris Agreement. She pointed out the National Forestry Programme 2016-2030 as a strategic framework for forest policy, recognizes that REDD+ provides an opportunity to promote effective governance in the forest sector. ‘’I am aware that REDD+ preparedness process will enhance forest management through promotion of a multi stakeholder and inclusive approach in the sector,”…

Ted Turner’s Environmental Legacy Ready for broadcast

Al Gore, Jane Fonda and Bill Gates to feature in hour-long special, Ted Turner: Captain Planet – In an hour-long documentary on CNN, Ted Turner  the founder of the 24-hour news network sits down for a rare and exclusive interview to discuss his longstanding conservation efforts amid the ongoing climate emergency. While Ted Turner is best known as a billionaire media mogul, an America’s Cup-winning captain and the owner of a baseball, basketball and ice hockey team, Ted Turner: Captain Planet examines how he has been at the forefront of…