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Los Angeles County Museum Of Art Inaugurates African Gallery

Los Angeles County Museum Of Art Inaugurates African Gallery Royal Museum for Central Africa, RG 22725, photo R. Asselberghs, RMCA Tervuren The Los Angeles County Museum Of Art is inaugurating its new Africa gallery with an exhibition of art from the Luba Kingdom. "Shaping Power: Luba Masterworks from the Royal Museum for Central...

Plane Crash Memorialized In The Deep Sahara

Plane Crash Memorialized In The Deep Sahara Google Earth In a lonely corner the Sahara Desert, Google Earth shows what looks like a tattoo on the sun-parched sands: a dark graphic blot amid the vast remoteness of Niger's Tenere region. The negative space in the center of the dot forms the shape of a DC-10 jet plane....

New National Park In The Congo Will Protect Lowland Gorillas

New National Park In The Congo Will Protect Lowland Gorillas The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) is hailing the creation of a new national park in the Republic of Congo as a major step towards protecting western lowland gorillas. The park, which was officially created on December 28 of last year, is believed to be the home of more...

World's Worst Places: Top 10 Places In The World You Do Not Want To Visit In 2013

World's Worst Places: Top 10 Places In The World You Do Not Want To Visit In 2013 I'm the kind of person who can conjure up an excuse to visit just about any place. I grew up in Buffalo, America's most unfairly maligned city, and so I identify with underdog destinations – places with bad weather, crime, ugly people, rude people, you name it and I...

Central African Ivory Wars Ravage Elephant Population

Central African Ivory Wars Ravage Elephant Population An ever-increasing demand for ivory on Asia's black market is creating conflicts across Africa and having a devastating effect on the elephant population there. According to a somber and in depth report published by the New York Times on Monday, the high price of ivory has...

Serena Hotels: Opulence amidst squalor and bloodshed

Serena Hotels: Opulence amidst squalor and bloodshed Anyone for a game of badminton and a round of emerald-hunting in Pakistan's Swat Valley? Or perhaps you fancy a beach resort on the shores of Lake Kivu, just minutes from the Democratic Republic of Congo? The March/April issue of Foreign Policy features an interesting...

World's worst places: Top 10 places you do not want to visit in 2012

World's worst places: Top 10 places you do not want to visit in 2012 Update: Check out the World's Worst Places of 2013 here What comes to mind when you think of the world's worst place? While it is easy to complain about rural Wal-marts, La Guardia, Applebee's, and any government office with motor vehicle in its title, none of...

African governments doing more to stop poaching of endangered species

African governments doing more to stop poaching of endangered species This year in Africa, the fight between law enforcement and poachers of endangered species has flared into a war. In the first two months of 2011, nine poachers were shot dead in South Africa. Despite this, poaching is up. In that nation alone, 333 rhinos were killed in...

Vice produces guide to Congo

It wouldn't surprise me if Suroosh Avi ends up dead at the end of this series. A host and founder of the well respected Vice TV, Mr Avi recently made his way to The Democratic Republic of Congo -- specifically, the conflict-ridden East Congo -- to document the mineral...

Explorers look to save elephants, end ivory trade

Explorers look to save elephants, end ivory trade Two American explorers are heading to Africa today to begin an important expedition that could prove vital to the fight against the illegal ivory trade. Their five week long journey, dubbed the Elephant Ivory Project, may help to save herds of those creatures, which have...

American explorer to cross Africa on foot

American explorer to cross Africa on foot Anthropologist, explorer, and member of the Royal Geographical Society Julian Monroe Fisher is preparing for an epic expedition that will see him cross Africa completely on foot. The journey, which is set to begin this spring, will cover more than 4000 miles, crossing the...

Kayak guide missing, presumed dead after crocodile attack

Kayak guide missing, presumed dead after crocodile attack South African river guide Hendrik Coetzee is missing, and presumed dead, after he was attacked by a crocodile while paddling a remote river in the Democratic Republic of Congo on Tuesday. The experienced guide, who has led expeditions all across Africa, was taking a team of...

Mountain gorillas making a comeback

Mountain gorillas making a comeback In the latest in a spate of good news about wildlife conservation in Africa, BBC Earth reports that mountain gorillas have increased their numbers on Virunga Massif, their core habitat stretching across Uganda, Rwanda, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. From a...

Travelers chronicle epic road trip through the Congo

Travelers chronicle epic road trip through the Congo Africa's Democratic Republic of the Congo has earned a legendary reputation among travelers. This war-torn African nation was once the stomping grounds of the famous explorer Henry Morton Stanley (Dr. Livingstone, I presume?) not to mention the setting for well-known books...

Ethiopia tops list of African nations improving quality of life

Ethiopia tops list of African nations improving quality of life Ethiopia suffers from a bad image thanks to the war and famine of the 1980s. As my series on travel in Ethiopia showed, however, this is a land of friendly people, beautiful nature, and fascinating historic sites. Infrastructure is slowly improving and the Ethiopians are...

Plane crash caused by crocodile?

Plane crash caused by crocodile? Any time I fly an African carrier my friends get worried. While some have good safety records like the ten safest airlines in Africa, others show an abysmal lack of basic care. Such was the case of the ill-fated Filair flight on August 25 that crashed into a house as it...

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