Saturday, 12 May 2018
Tourists as Cash Cows?
Virunga National Park, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, is home to impressive groups of gorillas who live on the, not easily cultivated, mountain slopes. These animals attract relatively wealthy tourists who become the focus of armed groups operating in the area. The armed groups not only kill animals and local people but often kidnap the tourists to ransom them for money. The latest event involves the seizing of two British tourists along with the killing of their guide (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-44092592). The difficulty is that any extorted money is used to fuel further violence in the area. If, however, tourists were to entirely cease visiting the park, the gorillas would have no commercial value (making their continued conservation even less likely).
Columbine ( Aquilegia vulgaris ) blooms in Loughor.
A combination of night rain and day-time sun has resulted in more Bynea blooms. The Southern marsh orchid ( Dactylorhiza praetermissa...
A report has detailed how climate change is altering life in the warming seas around UK shores ( https://www.theguardian.com/environment...
More items from the moth trap in Loughor. A Hebrew character ( Orthosia gothica ); a Small angl...