One of our most important projects is the organisation of Children’s Bushcamps in the Bénoué complex in Cameroon. We give local pupils a first opportunity to experience nature and wildlife. In this way, we teach a new generation the importance of nature in their neighbourhood and conservation of it.
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Hans de Iongh, chair of the Leo Foundation, received a royal decoration during his fare-well symposium ‘Human-Wildlife Conflicts in Africa’. Mayor Henri Lenferink appointed him as Officer in the Order of Oranje-Nassau. Read more about this on the website of Leiden University: https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en/news/2016/10/royal-decoration-for-hans-de-iongh
Every four years the IUCN (International Union for the Conservation of Nature) organises the World Conservation Congress (WCC). This year it was in September and took place in Honolulu, Hawaii. For 10 days, more than 10,000 participants participated in various events, such as central meetings, discussion groups and workshops. Topics varied from organised poaching to educational models and opportunities for involvement for indigenous people.
In October, as part of one of our projects in Cameroon and neighbouring countries, supported by the German developmental organisation GIZ, we welcomed a delegation from Cameroon to the Netherlands. Participants were Michel Babale, director of Garoua Wildlife College and two teachers of the school, Emmanuel Iyah and Bouba Hotta. Garoua Wildlife College is our local partner. At the College, students from all over West- and Central Africa are taught in wildlife management.
As is tradition on October 4th, the Day of Nature took place in Royal Burgers’ Zoo in Arnhem. The organisation of the event is in the hands of Globe Guards, a partnership between 16 organisations active in international nature conservation.
To follow the movements of lions in and outside Nairobi National Park we have fitted some animals with satellite collars. In July 2016 a new successful collaring took place. Quite special as our partner Kenya Wildlife Service requested the collaring of one specific lioness. A real challenge to locate, sedate and collar her. Luckily we had her full cooperation.
In the first week of July, three lion researchers from West and Central Africa made a study trip to Botswana. Originally, these researchers were planning to participate in the meeting of the (African Lion Working Group), which took place earlier this year in Botswana. Unfortunately, it was impossible to arrange the visa in time for the meeting, and the trip was postponed to July.
Since 2016 we conduct research in Sena Oura National Park in Chad. The park borders with Bouba Ndjida National Park in Cameroon, where we study the lion populations for several years now. The expansion to Chad falls under the “Large Carnivore Project” that we carry out in collaboration with Ecole de Faune and GIZ. We look back on a pleasant acquintaince with local people and park management, with good prospects for future research.
Over the last years, poaching has become an increasing threat to wildlife in the Central African country of Cameroon. In Bouba Ndjida National Park, one of our research areas, we are now regularly confronted with snared and injured animals. With the help of the government and partner organisations, we were able to support two missions for the capture and treatment of these injured lions.