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Rescued Lion Gets New ‘Forever Home’ at Shamwari Game Reserve

August 6th, 2018, by Joanna Bielawski

Rescued Lion Gets New ‘Forever Home’ at Shamwari Game Reserve  

~ Recognizing the importance of animal conservation on World Lion Day ~ 

GLENDALE, Calif., August 2, 2018 – After being rescued from terrible conditions in France, where he was being illegally kept as an exotic pet, a lion cub known as “King” is now tasting freedom for the first time in South Africa. African Travel, Inc. is thrilled to acknowledge this accomplishment as World Lion Day approaches on August 10th. 

The one-year-old lion is the newest resident of the Born Free Big Cat Sanctuary at Shamwari Game Reserve in Eastern Cape, a haven for formerly captive lions and leopards. King’s journey back to his ancestral home started in Paris, where he was rescued from a private apartment, and continued in Belgium, where he was temporarily housed before being flown to Shamwari. He now has acres of bush in which to roam freely, with plenty of food and water. More details about King’s inspiring journey can be read on African Travel’s blog, “Fit for a King.” 
 

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Honoring Mandela’s Legacy on the Centenary of His Birth

July 13th, 2018, by Joanna Bielawski

Honoring Mandela’s Legacy on the Centenary of His Birth 


~ African Travel, Inc. and Lion World Travel offering Mandela-themed itineraries, staff participating in volunteer projects ~ 
 

GLENDALE, Calif., July 5, 2018 – In honor of the centenary of Nelson Mandela’s birth, which falls on July 18, African Travel, Inc. and Lion World Travel are proudly celebrating his legacy in multiple ways. Both companies are supporting organizations that promote Mandela’s “four pillars” of food security, shelter, education and literacy, and both are offering fascinating Mandela-themed itineraries for travelers. 

Staff from African Travel, Inc. are volunteering their time this summer with Baby2Baby, a non-profit group serving 180,000 low-income children in Los Angeles by providing diapers, clothing, toys and other necessities that every child deserves. Volunteers help inspect items to ensure they are clean and ready to use, help create customized gift bags, and stock shelves in the shopping area where partner organizations buy items for low-income children they also work with daily. 

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~ Numbers surpass 1,000 for the first time in decades, thanks to conservation efforts ~

June 21st, 2018, by African Travel

See East Africa’s Growing Population of Mountain Gorillas with African Travel, Inc. 

~ Numbers surpass 1,000 for the first time in decades, thanks to conservation efforts ~

GLENDALE, Calif., June 20, 2018 – According to census results just released last month, the population of critically endangered mountain gorillas living in East Africa’s mountains has grown to over 1,000, a huge success story at a time when many other African species are experiencing a reduction in numbers due to poaching and habitat destruction. 

The census, which was led by the governments of Rwanda, Uganda, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and many conservation groups, showed 604 individual gorillas living in Rwanda’s Virunga Mountains as of June 2016. Combined with an earlier study that shows approximately 400 gorillas in Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, the total comes to over 1,000. 

Gorilla populations in East Africa have been steadily increasing since 1981, when their numbers reached a perilously low 242 individuals. The growth over the last three decades is attributable to the hard work done by governments, local communities, and non-profit conservation groups. 

“Conserving gorillas for future generations is a crucial mission – one that benefits us all,” said Lucille Sive, CEO of The Travel Corporation's Africa Division, who blogged about her experience gorilla trekking in Rwanda here. “These gentle creatures are stunning to behold in their natural habitat. If you are considering visiting Rwanda or Uganda to see the mountain gorillas, I absolutely recommend it.” 

Travelers can see these majestic creatures up close on three different African Travel, Inc. itineraries in Rwanda and Uganda. 

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