Tourism is big business in Africa, and one of the major draws is the wildlife in the continent's national parks. By almost any measure, however, the future of wild elephants in Africa is bleak unless major strides can be made against poaching fueled by the demand for ivory. Now a new campaign called S.A.F.E, (Safeguarding a Future for Africa’s Elephants) hopes to mobilize the tourism industry to help save the elephants.
Parks in the News
It was 150 years ago when Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman and his troops swept down on Meridian, Mississippi, to capture a Confederate supply center. That "Meridian Campaign" will be revisited next week at Vicksburg National Military Park.
Shhhhhhhh! That's the urging at Redwoods National Park in California, where officials intend to ban loud music within 500 feet of old-growth forests during part of the year.
Maritime history and how it ties into the port of Salem, Massachusetts, will be the focus of two talks coming up at Salem Maritime National Historic Site.
Public input is being sought on a draft environmental assessment that examines a proposal to open a 2-mile-long trail at Rocky Mountain National Park to mountain bikes.
The unseasonable weather that has stricken the Sierras in California is also impacting Alaska, where warm, rainy weather has brought an end to snowmobiling for traditional activities in parts of Denali National Park and Preserve.
How skimpy are snow levels across the Sierra Nevada this winter? The above satellite photo pretty much sums things up.
When we first hatched our plan to visit all 59 National Parks in sprint-like fashion, we really didn't know how were going to do it logistically. About the only thing we knew for certain was that we wanted to take our Maltese puppies Bubba and Lilly. Everything else was on the table.
For over 70 years, there was plenty of "star gazing" at the Paramount Ranch. Located near Los Angeles, the Ranch was used for filming more than 150 movies and TV shows featuring some of the biggest names in the industry. Now part of Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, the ranch will host a chance for the public to enjoy a more timeless type of star gazing during a winter sky star party on the evening of February 8.
A diverse sampling of maritime history will be on display in February at San Francisco Maritime National Historical in honor of Black History Month.