Over 27,000 tourists visit sanctuaries

Ethiopian Wildlife
Addis Ababa, February 11, 2013 (WIC) - The Ethiopian Wildlife Conservation Authority (EWCA) said that it has earned 18.5 million birr from local and international visitors. Briefing journalists yesterday, Authority Public Relations and Information Directorate Director Mebratu Haile said that using different media outlets, websites, brochures and international trade fares the Authority has promoted the country's unique and peculiar wildlife to international and local tourists. The Authority couldn't realize the 24 million birr it planned to obtain in the first half of this budget year due to the international economic crisis and seasonal fluctuation of tourists, Meberatu said. According to him, ... Read More

South secures nearly 67 million Birr from tourism

Stelae of Tiya
Dilla, Ethiopia –- Nearly 67 million Birr income was secured from tourists, who visited tourist attractions in South Ethiopia Peoples' State during the last seven months, the regional culture and tourism bureau said. Government Communication Work Process Coordinator with the bureau, Negatua Mathewos told ENA that more than 75,000 tourists visited the sites. The amount exceeded by close to 23 million Birr that of same time in the previous year. Activities carried out to promote the sites contributed share to the growth in the income, she said. Mago and Netchsar National Parks, the Tiya site, Lower Valley of the Omo ... Read More

Safeguarding National Parks & Heritage Sites in Southern Ethiopia

Nechsar National Park (Photo credit: hem.bredband.net)
Southern Ethiopia (ENA) - Participation of the public is significant to safeguard national parks and historical heritages in South Ethiopia Peoples' State, the regional culture and tourism bureau said. Bureau Head, Zerihun Zewdie told ENA that the bureau has been striving to protect the Mago and Netchsar National Parks from human and animal contact. The stated parks are administered by the federal government, he said, adding, efforts will be exerted towards development of the Gibe-Valley, Maze, Chebera Cherchera, Omo and Loka Abaya national parks in the state. Zerihun also urged executives at all levels to mobilize the public in the ... Read More

Wildlife Authority to protect national parks from human & livestock encroachment

Elfinesh Woldeyes
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (WIC) - The Ethiopian Wildlife Conservation Authority said it is working in partnership with stakeholders to protect parks from human and livestock encroachment. Authority Public Relations Information Directorate Director, Elfinesh Woldeyes, told WIC people and livestock are affecting wildlife by entering illegally in some protected areas. Accordingly, the authority in collaboration with stakeholders is doing its level best to ensure that wildlife species have safe places to live in, she said. There are 15 national parks across the country where 31 mammals, 17 birds, 17 birds, 14 reptiles and 4 fish endemic to Ethiopia live in, Elfinesh ... Read More