Tag: CD – Okapi Wildlife Reserve

Congolese NGOs decry mining in main refuge of ‘Africa’s unicorn’; Erikas Mwisi Kambale; Reuters

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Illegal gold-mining is destroying tracts of pristine rainforest in Congo’s Okapi Wildlife Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage site meant to be a haven for the endangered mammal nicknamed Africa’s unicorn, environmental organisations warned on Tuesday.

Source: Congolese NGOs decry mining in main refuge of ‘Africa’s unicorn’

30 years of protecting the mysterious Okapi; Shreya Dasgupta; Mongabay

DR of Congo – Okapi Wildlife Reserve

On June 1, the Okapi Conservation Project celebrated its 30th Anniversary. Mongabay interviewed John Lukas, the project’s founder, to learn more about the successes and challenges of okapi conservation.

  • The discovery of the elusive okapi, once believed to be a mythical unicorn, was one of the most exciting taxonomic findings of the twentieth century.
  • To protect this shy, giraffe-like animal, wildlife conservationist John Lukas founded the Okapi Conservation Project (OCP) in 1987.
  • During the past three decades, the project team has seen both successes and challenges, from political unrest to a brutal rebel attack in 2012 that killed 6 people and 14 okapis.

The discovery of the elusive okapi, once believed to be a mythical unicorn, was one of the most exciting taxonomic findings of the twentieth century.

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Getaway To Genesis: 10 Overlooked UNESCO World Heritage Sites To Visit; Brenda; Trip101

DR of Congo – Okapi Wildlife Reserve

When the term ‘UNESCO World Heritage Site’ comes to mind, we think of significant landmarks, such as a country’s most arresting attraction or an architectural or natural feat so amazing, international fame is only expected of it. However, around the globe lie many hidden treasures protected by this honour; and there are more of them unheard of than we think.

Explore the unknown side of Mother Nature and human history by visiting these UNESCO World Heritage Sites, all lesser heard-of and full of marvels just waiting to be uncovered.

1. Dinosaur Provincial Park, Alberta, Canada

Step into a land before time and learn the heritage of fauna in the Dinosaur Provincial Park.

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