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The number of rhinos killed in South Africa 2020 dropped by 33% ,official figures showed partly coronavirus lockdown severely limited poachers’ movements.
The gains were marginally reversed when movement restrictions were loosened.
At least 394 rhinos were slaughtered in 2020, down from the 594 recorded in the previous year, Environment Minister Barbara Creecy said in a statement.
Most of the rhinos — 245 — were killed in the Kruger National Park, a tourist magnet bordering Mozambique.
South Africa is the home to nearly 80 percent of the world’s rhinos.
According to the World Wide Fund for nature (WWF), 70% of rhino population are no more over the last decade due to drought and poaching.
A report released last month by the national parks agency found there were only 3,549 white rhinos and 268 black rhinos left in the Kruger.
Mandera County risks recording a low number of students who will join universities after the March Kenya Certificate Secondary Education (KCSE) exams.
County Director of Education Adan Roble has said this, further revealing that at least four private secondary schools have been closed due to the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.
“The acute shortage of teachers in Mandera will affect the outcome of the national examinations and I am worried that we will send very few students to universities this time round,” said Mr Roble.
At least 178 students in the 57 secondary schools in Mandera scored a C+ (plus) grade and above in the 2019 KCSE exam, managing to join institutions of higher learning.
“We are not going to get a good number of students scoring C+ and above in this year’s examinations because of the pitiful teachers’ shortage,” said Mr Roble.
To bridge the wide gap in the education sector in Mandera, Mr Roble challenged locals to send their children to teacher training colleges.Take up teaching jobs
“We need to encourage our young generation to take up teaching jobs because this June we will have an intake for students to join teacher training colleges in the country,” he said.
At least four secondary schools in Mandera have only a principal with no other teachers, according to the education officer.
There are 57 public secondary schools in Mandera County.
Another 122 primary schools in this far flung county only have one teacher each.
An attempt by the local leadership to fill the gap in primary schools was thwarted by the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) in 2016.null
TSC declined to have locals who scored D+ in KCSE to train as teachers.
“We had worked hard to get 197 students to join Mandera Teachers Training College but the TSC directive reduced the number to 26 who only had the required C plain grade,” said County education CEC Izzidun Abdullahi.Teachers needed
With 295 public primary schools, Mandera needs 1,849 teachers to fill the gap. There are only 803 teachers currently.
Another 517 teachers are needed in the 57 public secondary schools which are being served by 385 tutors currently.
The majority of non-local teachers deserted the county in 2015 and others have since been transferred from Mandera due to insecurity posed by the Al-Shabaab terror cells.
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Maasai Mara is a large national game reserve in Narok Kenya. Maasai Mara is an extension of Serengeti National Park in northern Tanzania. Masai Mara is named in honor of the Maasai people, who are ancestral inhabitants of the area.
All Big Five animals are found in Masai Mara, Lions, Elephants, Rhinoceroses, Buffalos and Leopards.
Masai Mara is among the most famous and most important wildlife conservation and wilderness areas in Africa.
•Maasai Mara National Reserve is 1,510 km ², managed by local authorities and Kenya Wildlife Service.
•The Maasai people where this park derived it’s name from are among the famous community in Africa for their value of tradition and rituals. Masai Mara land is part of their lives and so they take part in conservation of wildlife and it’s ecosystems.
•Maasai rarely hunt and live in harmony alongside wildlife, which is an important part of their beliefs. Lions and wildbeests plays a very important role in their cultural beliefs as their own herds of cattle. This unique co-existence of man and wildlife makes this area very attractive to tourists.
•Giraffes, Elands, Zebras, elephants, buffalos ,wildbeests, Gazelles and topi are among the herbivores scattered in vast grasslands of Mara and calls Maasai Mara home. Birds life of 53 species of raptor birds have been recorded and a total of 400 species of birds. Monkeys, cheetahs, lions, pythons, leopards, crocodiles among others calls Maasai Mara home.
•Each year the Mara host one of the world’s natural wonders of Great Wildbeests Migration from Serengeti. From July to October, the promise of rain and fresh life-giving grass in the north brings more than 1.3 million wildbeests together into a single massive herd. A total of 1.5 million of wildbeests, zebras, topi, elands and antelopes migrate from Serengeti to Maasai Mara.
•Not only 300,000 to 500,000 births given per year in East Africa by wildbeests as new lives, they bring on the predators who follow them to Maasai Mara.In East Africa, an estimated 300,000 – 500,000 wildebeest calves are born every year between January – February. New calves are able to walk on their own within minutes of being born and, within a few days, they can even outrun a lioness|photo|Kennedy Thuku
•The Mara has been known as Kingdom of Lions (Around 800 population) as they dominate the plains of Maasai Mara. Team hyenas and smaller predators such as jackals are common sights in Masai Mara.
•Among all the parks in Kenya, this is the best serviced with wide range of accomadation from any budgets. The park is ideal for game drives, some lodge and camps offer walking and balloon safaris.
According to the Guinness Book of Records, sultan Moulay Ismail ibn Sharif fathered more children than any other man in recorded history.
The exact number remains unknown, but there are reports that his 1171st child was born in 1704, while the Guinness Book of Records notes a slightly lower number – 800 children by 1727. The sultan’s harem had around 1000 concubines, with four official wives.
Ismail’s favorite wife and queen of the palace was a black woman who started out as a concubine. Her name was Lalla Aisha Mubarka, or Zaydana, the name she acquired after giving birth to the sultan’s first son, Zaydan, she was the one who convinced sultan to punish his son in horrified way by amputation for planning to overthrow him. The bloodthirsty ruler had sex between 0.83 to 1.43 times per day for 32 years until he was 56 years old.
The sultan died in Meknes, Morocco. His sons started killing each other for the throne. The current king of Morocco is his descendant.
Morocco has another amazing fact, being the home of the oldest university in the world.
Sudd is the largest wetlands in Africa and second in Africa, with an estimated area of 57,000 km², located in South Sudan. The extent of Sudd wetlands depends on the seasons and yearly. During wet seasons the the size of this wetland increases up to 90,000km² and gradually decreases to about 42,000 km² depending on high seasonal floods.
Sudd wetlands is the products of White Nile ( or Bahr el Jewel) that comes from Lake Victoria in Uganda in addition to rainfall runoff from the surrounding areas.Every year, some 800,000 white-eared kob (a kind of antelope) travel 1,500km through the Sudd wetlands of South Sudan. Photo |Discover wildlife
It is UNESCO World heritage site, it has various endangered mammalian species, antelope migrations, millions of Palaeartic migratory birds and fish populations. Wildlife species found are African elephants (Loxodonta Africans), Nile lechwe (Kobus megaceros) endemic to South Sudan, tiang migration ( Damaliscus lunatus tiang), white eared kob migration (Kobus kob thomasi), buffalo (Syncerus caffer), and birds species like shoebill (Balaeniceps Rex).African elephants in Sudd wetlands |photo |Travel South Sudan
Sudd wetlands also host and act as breeding ground for a number of inter-African migratory birds and others that come from Europe and Asia, such as Great White Pelican (Pelecanus onocrotalus), Back Crowned Crane (Belearica pavonina), White Stork (Ciconia ciconia) and black Tern (Chlidonias niger).A mass migration of tiang and white-eared kob antelopes is Africa’s second largest terrestrial wildlife migration.From January-June, at least 800k antelopes converge on a vast savannah east of the White Nile, the Sudd wetlands of South Sudan, the western Ethiopian swamps of Gambella.
The culture and society of the approximately 1 million people inhabiting the Sudd wetland region are closely linked to its ecological functioning. The dominant cultural affiliations in the Sudd are the tribes of Nuer (Southern Liech State), Dinka (Eastern Lakes state), Shilluk (Upper Nile State) and Anyuak (Akobo State) all of which are Nilotic and pastoralists peoples indigenous to the Nile Valley. These groups have developed traditions that have allowed them to adapt to the inundated and seasonally variable conditions across the Sudd through a combination of nomadic agro-pastoralism, non-timber forest product collection and fishing. Specific practices include the seasonal construction of settlements on small islands in flooded areas, and traditional hunting and fishing techniques. The hydrological functions and patterns of the Sudd maintain the livelihoods and cultural practices of the Sudd’s tribes. The cultural groups living within the Sudd region also maintain beliefs and practices that serve to support and conserve the environment they live in. For example, the cultural beliefs of the Shilluk community living within the Sudd region are an important aspect in the preservation of the Nile lechwe (antelope species endemic to South Sudan) as they consider killing of the animal species as taboo, and this of course helps in their conservation and sustainable use. It is therefore valuable to support many of the cultural practices of the communities living in the Sudd as these are closely intertwined with the natural elements and preserving them also creates and maintains an awareness of past and traditional knowledge in the general public.Sudd wetlands fishing village
The Sudd wetlands was extremely impenetrable, making it hard for the Egyptians, Greeks and Romans to discover the source of River Nile. They spent many centuries looking for the source of River Nile.
In 61 AD, Roman Emperor, Nero, sent solders to White Nile but they were unable to proceed beyond Sudd which limited the Roman penetration to equatorial Africa.
2019 study suggested that increased water flows into Sudd may be partly responsible for causing up to a third of the whole West African rise in atmospheric methane levels over the past decades.
1. The most expensive hardwood tree
Tanzania has the most expensive hardwood tree in the world, the Mpingo tree, also known as the Blackwood tree.
2. Earliest human skull
The earliest human skull in the world was discovered in Olduvai Gorge in Tanzania.
3. Concentration of Animals
Tanzania has the largest concentration of animals per square kilometres in the world, with more than 4 million wild in its periphery.
4. Biggest National Parks
30% of this amazing country area is occupied with national parks (12), nature reserves (13), and 38 protected areas.
5. Highest free standing mountain
Mt. Kilimanjaro is the highest free standing mountain in the world. It is also the tallest mountain in Africa.
6. Sharing National Anthem?
Yes! and this is very rare at the same time. Tanzania share it’s National Anthem with South Africa and Zimbabwe.
7. Largest crab
The largest crab in the world, is the coconut crab, found in the archipelago of Tanzania, Zanzibar. It is said to be the most delicious as well.
8. The Ruaha National ParkElephant’s favourite tree during dry seasons is baobab. Ruaha National park is also the home of significant number of baobab trees.
In all of Eastern Africa, the Ruaha National Park is the home to the largest population of wild elephants.
9. Ngorongoro crater
Ngorongoro crater is the world’s largest volcanic crater, with a diameter of 19 kilometres and boom deep.
10. Freddie Mercury
The lead vocalist of the famous English band ‘Queen’, Freddie Mercury is Tanzanian by birth and was born in the archipelago of Zanzibar in Stone Town. His real name is Farrokh Bulsara.
11. Two Capital cities
Tanzania has two capital cities, Dar es Salaam (the administrative capital) and Dodoma (the legislative capital) where it’s parliament sits.
12. Climbing Lions
Lake Manyara National Park is the home to world’s only tree climbing lions, however, lions can climb trees when in danger or hungry and wants to steal Leopard’s.
Six park rangers have been killed after an attack at the famous Virunga National Park in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Officials have blamed the attack on a militia group known as Mai-Mai, one of many that operate in the region.
The rangers were ambushed while on foot patrol inside the park, a spokesperson told the BBC.
Staff working in the park, which is home to endangered mountain gorillas, have often come under attack.
In April last year 13 rangers were killed in a rebel ambush.
Several armed groups operate in the restive eastern region of DR Congo where Virunga National Park – a Unesco World Heritage site – is based.
A statement from the park said preliminary investigations suggested the rangers “were taken by surprise and had no opportunity to defend themselves” during the Sunday morning attack.
It said another ranger who was seriously injured in the attack was receiving treatment and expected to make a full recovery,
A local government delegate Alphonse Kambale told AFP news agency that two Mai-Mai militants had also been killed.
Nearly 700 armed rangers work in Africa’s oldest national park —Virunga National Park.Herd of elephants in Virunga National Park |Photo |Virunga National Park
Thirty-six teachers have died of Covid-19 since the pandemic hit Kenya in March last year, Teachers Service Commission (TSC) has said.
Kenya’s Teachers Service Commission (TSC) data shows that 209 teachers have recovered from the virus, 92 teachers are on home-based care and nine are hospitalised.
“All efforts are being made to ensure that all teachers under medical attention receive the best care so they get well and resume work,” said TSC Chief Executive Officer Nancy Macharia.
Of the 345 teachers affected by the virus, 159 were male and 186 females. Teachers above 58 years and those with pre-existing conditions will work from home.
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