Environment

What is Biodiversity?

Biodiversity is defined as the variety of plant and animal life in the world or a particular habitat. Africa is very biodiverse. It contains a quarter of the biodiversity of the entire planet.  WHY IS BIODIVERSITY IMPORTANT? A high level of biodiversity has biological and social benefits. More species of

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How community seed banks are tackling monocultures

WHAT ARE MONOCULTURES? Across Africa there are many farms that only grow one type of crop, called ‘monocultures’.  One cause is that aid organisations may provide seeds to communities with low seed supplies due to events like droughts. However, they will often only provide one type of non-local seed. Large

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Saving animals from captivity

WHY DON’T ALL ANIMALS LIVE WHERE THEY COME FROM? Many animals in the world no longer live in the habitats or countries where they would naturally be found. Animals such as snakes, monkeys, big cats, and others that are native to Africa have been moved around the globe. They may

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Black Rhino Conservation 

    Black rhinos are a species of rhino found primarily in southern and eastern Africa. They are critically endangered, with just over 5,500 individuals left both in captivity and in the wild. If a species is endangered, it is at risk of disappearing from the wild.    Why are

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Droughts in East Africa

Who is affected? Across Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia and Somaliland, there have been unusually long periods of low rainfall for the past 18 months, particularly in March and April. Droughts are not new to these countries, but they are intensifying and extending for longer periods of time. Rural farmers who travel

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