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On Monday, 10 August 2015, the world celebrated World Lion Day which aims to create awareness of this vulnerable species.
In 1975 there was an estimated 250 000 lions in Africa, yet today the continent-wide population stands at a mere 25 000- 30 000 individuals. Recent studies have shown that lions exist in 67 areas across the continent; however since the recognition of 86 Lion Conservation Units in 2006, following the IUCN Regional Lion Conservation Workshops, 18 lion species have been declared extinct in countries such as Mali, Democratic Republic of Congo, Nigeria and Malawi.
In West and Central Africa lion populations are deemed 'Regionally Critically Endangered' by the IUCN.
Among the causes of the decline in certain areas includes the indiscriminate killing of lions in defence of human life and livestock, habitat loss, the bushmeat trade and poorly-regulated sport hunting.
The National Zoo's four lions were treated to some stimulating environmental enrichment; it's an awesome and fun way for them to get some physical exercise and sharpen their minds. Weighted-down hessian bags were placed in their enclosure to simulate a prey item that the lions could carry away and elephant dung was placed throughout the enclosure; this stimulates their sense of smell.
TTA hosted a successful Guesthouse Chapter meet and greet function 4 August 2015 at the CSIR International Convention Centre.
The guesthouse chapter had an opportunity to meet some of the board members and fellow guesthouse owners and managers'.
The meeting was a platform for the members to bring forward issues of concern that need to be addressed within the city and the tourism sector.
TTA member, Tumiola Tours, is currently in Nigeria at the 63th Annual Convention of The Redeemed Christ Church of God from 3-9 August 2015 Lagos- Nigeria to promote their business as a tour operator based in South Africa and to showcase the beautiful country South Africa is.
The National Zoological Gardens and the Astronomical Society of Southern Africa invite you to an exciting evening of stargazing on 22 August 2015 at 6:30pm.
The evening will start with a presentation on "Animals in the Sky". Learn more about the various constellations of stars named after animals and how to recognise them. Get to know the Scorpio the scorpion, Aquila the eagle, Canis Major the big dog, Pegasus the winged horse, Cygnus the swan and many more.
Thereafter we will move into the zoo to enjoy the night sky by looking through the telescopes put up by members of the Pretoria Branch of the Astronomical Society. They will show you planets and stars, constellations and clusters, galaxies and nebulae, explaining their features and fascinating you with celestial facts.
See more on our website at www.nzg.ac.za.
Edgar Makhalavhula has been appointed as a housekeeper at the CSIR International Convention Centre (CSIR ICC).
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