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California's Yosemite National Park shuts down over coronavirus fears

Mar 21, 2020 - 12:34 PM

'Yosemite National Park is announcing modifications to operations at the request of the local health department,' park officials say, with the grounds being 'closed to all park visitors until further notice'

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK. In this file photo taken on June 21, 2018 the ancient California Tunnel Tree is seen at the Mariposa Grove of giant sequoias in Yosemite National Park, California. File photo by David McNew/AFP

Island national park 'taken out' by Australia fires

Jan 04, 2020 - 10:42 AM

Devastating conditions overnight help flames rip thorough the island's Flinders Chase National Park and threaten more heavily populated areas of the island

BURNT TREES. A general view shows burnt trees along the Great Alpine road in an area devastated by bushfires in Sarsfield, Victoria state on January 3, 2020. Photo by James Ross/AFP

World's oldest captive white rhino dies in French zoo

Nov 14, 2019 - 11:04 PM

Save the Rhino says around 20,000 southern white rhinos – Sana's tribe – are left in the world

SANA. In this file photo taken on October 14, 2017 Sana, a female white rhino strolls through its enclosure at the La Planete Sauvage zoological park in Port-Saint-Pere, western France. File photo by Loic Venance/AFP

Iceland glacier national park named World Heritage site

Jul 06, 2019 - 2:22 AM

Shaped by volcanoes and surrounded by lava fields, the park is also home to the largest glacier in Europe, after which it is named

WORLD HERITAGE SITE. Vatnajokull National Park is the third Icelandic site to join UNESCO's World Heritage List. File photo from Wikipedia

Viral photos of vendors selling Chinese flags in Luneta a ‘set-up’

Jun 09, 2019 - 10:55 PM

Vendors interviewed by the National Parks Development Committee claim a man offered them P100 to act as if they are selling Chinese flags 3 days before the Philippines' observance of Independence Day

Uganda hunt for kidnapped U.S. tourist enters third day

Apr 04, 2019 - 9:53 PM

'The operation to rescue the tourist is still ongoing,' Uganda's tourism minister, Godfrey Kiwanda, says on Thursday, April 4.

QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK. A hunt for a tourist and driver kidnapped from Queen Elizabeth National Park is underway. Image from Shutterstock.

Indonesia eyes komodo dragon island closure to thwart smuggling

Apr 04, 2019 - 4:02 PM

Thousands of tourists annually descend on the cluster of islands in the eastern part of the sprawling archipelago nation – the only place in the world where komodo dragons can be seen in their natural habitat

PROTECTED. This file photo taken on December 2, 2010 shows a Komodo dragon searching the shore area of Komodo island for prey. Photo by Romeo Gacad/AFP

Manhunt in Uganda after U.S. tourist and driver kidnapped

Apr 04, 2019 - 12:07 AM

Four kidnappers stop a group of tourists at gunpoint around dusk on Tuesday, April 2, as they pass through the Queen Elizabeth National Park to see wild animals

Conservationists release 155 giant tortoises on Galapagos island

Mar 03, 2019 - 1:45 PM

The Galapagos National Park service says the young tortoises, of the breed Chelonoidis hoodensis, were set free on Santa Fe island

This handout photo from the Galapagos National Park shows a tortoise at the park in Santa Cruz, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador on September 12, 2017.  A breeding program at Ecuador's Galapagos Islands will attempt to resurrect a species of giant tortoise from Floreana Island thought to be extinct for over 150 years, after DNA studies showed that specimens found over the last decade were descended from Floreana Island tortoises. HO / GALAPAGOS NATIONAL PARK / AFP

Nueva Ecija mayor Bote killed over P96-M ecotourism contract – PNP

Jul 16, 2018 - 3:00 PM

Mayor Ferdinand Bote was allegedly ordered killed by a certain Christian Saquilabon over a project for the Minalungao National Park in General Tinio

CONTRACT PROBLEMS? General Tinio, Nueva Ecija Mayor Ferdinand Bote. Photo from Mabuhay Papaya LGU Facebook page

Calida firm bags P150M in deals from gov't, including DOJ

May 27, 2018 - 1:56 PM

The Department of Justice, which supervises budget for the Office of the Solicitor General, awards contracts to a security agency owned by the family of Solicitor General Jose Calida

GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS. Solicitor General Jose Calida's security firm Vigilant wins contracts from government agencies including the Department of Justice.

Mount Pulag reopens to hikers, trekkers

Apr 25, 2018 - 4:10 PM

Foresters urge hikers who plan to climb Luzon's highest peak to be extra careful because the ecosystem remains fragile


Hybrid power plant to rise in Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park

Apr 25, 2018 - 3:59 PM

'It’s a dream come true for all of us here,' says Park Superintendent Elizabeth Maclang of the power plant which is expected to be operational by 2019

The longest underground river in Asia found in Puerto Princesa, Palawan, found in the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park. Photo by  Giovanni G. Navata/Wikimedia Commons

Suspected poacher eaten by lions in South Africa

Feb 12, 2018 - 6:45 PM

'It seems the victim was poaching in the game park when he was attacked and killed by lions. They ate his body, nearly all of it, and just left his head and some remains,' Limpopo police spokesman Moatshe Ngoepe explains

Cable car in Palawan’s Underground River? No, thanks – management

Oct 14, 2017 - 9:00 AM

Palafox Associates, which proposed the project, says such type of attraction is needed to convince tourists to stay longer in Puerto Princesa, instead of leaving for other destinations such as El Nido

NATURAL WONDER. The Puerto Princesa Underfround River. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Sept 21 protest organizers to Duterte: Why limit space for rally?

Sep 20, 2017 - 5:52 PM

According to the Movement Against Tyranny, the space assigned by the National Parks Development Committee to the group can only accommodate a maximum number of 5,000 people. The group expects tens of thousands to join its activity.

LIMITED SPACE? The area assigned to the Movement Against Tyranny protest can only accommodate a maximum number of 5,000 individuals.

IN PHOTOS: Puerto Princesa's 'Jungle Trail' ecotourism site

Jun 18, 2017 - 8:28 AM

The Jungle Trail at the Puerto Princesa Underground River in Palawan not only serves as tourist site but also gives livelihood for the Tagbanuas

GUIDED TOUR. A Tagbanua lady guiding two foreigner ladies through the national park’s lush forest. Photo by Keith Anthony Fabro

WATCH: Hidden gems of the Puerto Princesa Underground River

May 20, 2017 - 8:35 PM

Find rock formations shaped like a head of a dinosaur Pegasus and even the face of Jesus at this UNESCO World Heritage Site in Palawan

Rare one-horned rhino killed by poachers in Nepal

Apr 09, 2017 - 5:15 PM

The male rhino is found with its horn gouged out in Chitwan National Park

Oil sands development threatens Canadian nature reserve – UNESCO

Mar 11, 2017 - 12:38 PM

The UN organization vows to add the country s Wood Buffalo National Park to its list of world heritage in danger if corrective measures are not taken quickly

THREATENED. The UNESCO says a massive delta in the heart of the Wood Buffalo National Park is threatened by pollution and water extraction from nearby oil sands mines and hydroelectric dams upstream. File photo from the UNESCO website

Trump rushes to control communication of U.S. agencies

Jan 25, 2017 - 9:42 AM

Press Secretary Spicer: I don t think it s any surprise that when there s an administration turnover that we re going to review the policies

US President Donald Trump during a reception with Congressional leaders on January 23, 2017 at the White House in Washington, DC. Nicholas Kamm/AFP

Sumatran tiger mauls Indonesian man to death

Jan 12, 2017 - 6:55 PM

The group of men were leaving the Sembilang National Park on Sumatra island after night fell when the 25 year old victim suddenly let out a scream as the tiger pounced

ATTACK. A Sumatran tiger in Indonesia mauls a 25-year-old. File photo by Dick Mudde via Wikimedia Commons

UN's departing Ban leaves door open for South Korea president run

Dec 18, 2016 - 9:03 AM

I will really consider seriously how best and what I should and I could do for my country

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addresses a press conference as his term of office draws to a close at the end of the year, at the UN headquarters in New York, December 16, 2016. Eskinder Debebe/UN PHoto

Critically endangered Sumatran elephant gives birth

Jun 02, 2016 - 11:07 PM

Sumatran elephants are critically endangered It is estimated between 2 400 and 2 800 remain in the wild according to conservation group WWF

ENDANGERED. Sumatran elephants are critically endangered. Photo by AFP

Australia removed from UN climate report over tourism fears

May 27, 2016 - 12:15 PM

Recent experience in Australia had shown that negative commentary about the status of World Heritage properties impacted on tourism says the Australian Department of Environment

GREAT BARRIER REEF. An undated handout picture made available by Australia's James Cook University (JCU) on January 31, 2016 shows marine life in the Great Barrier Reef, in the Coral Sea, off the coast of Queensland, Australia. File photo by James Cook University/EPA

Discover these 12 stunning destinations in the Visayas

May 22, 2016 - 3:57 PM

Book that ticket board that bus or ride that boat to any province in the region to satisfy your wanderlust

LEAP OF FAITH. Dive off the plank at Salagdoong Beach. Photo by: Sheng Hermano. Instagram: @shenghermano

Indonesian gov't threatens to deport Leonardo DiCaprio

Apr 01, 2016 - 11:14 AM

The government is not too happy with the actor s visit Here s why

Prince Albert II of Monaco to visit PH next week

Mar 30, 2016 - 7:01 PM

The Philippine itinerary of the visiting monarch a known advocate of stronger marine environmental protection includes a trip to Palawan and the Tubbataha Reefs National Park

PH VISIT. Prince Albert II of Monaco will visit the Philippines in early April. File photo by Etienne Laurent/Pool/EPA

IN PHOTOS: Leonardo DiCaprio's secret visit to Indonesia

Mar 29, 2016 - 5:38 PM

Best Actor Oscar winner Leonardo DiCaprio and fellow Hollywood actors visit Mt Leuser National Park

Kenya lions 'back in park' after city visit – rangers

Feb 20, 2016 - 4:53 PM

The lionesses and cub return to Nairobi National Park of their own accord says the Kenya Wildlife Service

In this file photo, a young lion looks towards the Nairobi skyline at the Nairobi National Park on August 10, 2015. Tony Karumba/AFP

Panic as lions on the loose in Kenyan capital

Feb 19, 2016 - 6:02 PM

At least two lionesses are reported to have left Nairobi s national park and meandered into highly populated areas of the Kenyan capital

LIONS ON THE LOOSE. A Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) warden carries a tranquilizer gun, during a search of two lions on February 19, 2016 who left Nairobi's national park and went into "highly populated" areas, in Nairobi. At least two lionesses are reported to have late February 18, 2016 left the park, spread over 117 square kilometres (45 square miles) where buffalo and rhino roam just seven kilometers from the bustling high-rise city centre. Photo by Simon Maina/AFP

Australia bushfires raze ancient World Heritage-listed forests

Jan 30, 2016 - 11:17 AM

One of the last expanses of temperate wilderness in the world the Tasmanian Wilderness is part of the World Heritage list because of its significant natural and cultural values

LOST FOREVER? World Heritage-listed forests that trace their origins back to the supercontinent Gondwana have been burnt by Australian bushfires raging for more than two weeks, with conservationists increasingly fearful they could be lost forever. Photo by Warren Frey/Tasmania Fire Service/AFP

Oil confirmed under Africa's oldest wildlife park Virunga – DRC gov't

Nov 07, 2015 - 9:22 AM

UNESCO has warned several times that any exploration for oil in the park would be incompatible with its heritage status

HERITAGE SITE. An access to the Virunga National Park is seen near Rutshuru on June 17, 2014.  File photo by Junior D. Kannah/AFP

Why we need to be stewards of a rare mountain ecosystem

Oct 31, 2015 - 9:00 AM

UPDATED Why should Filipinos be proud of the Mts Iglit Baco National Park? Here are some fast facts about the rare mountain grassland ecosystem in Mindoro and ways to protect the country s conservation areas

TREASURE. The Mts Iglit-Baco National Park is a rare mountain grassland ecosystem. Photo by Konstantin Nikiforov

Zimbabwe hunter loses bid to have Cecil case dropped

Oct 20, 2015 - 10:00 PM

Theo Bronkhorst is accused of failing to prevent an illegal hunt over the death of the lion that was killed by American trophy hunter Walter Palmer in July

An undated handout photo provided by the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority on 28 July 2015 shows Cecil, one of Zimbabwe's most famous lions, who was reportedly shot dead by US hunter Walter Palmer. HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES

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Oct 13, 2015 - 12:34 PM

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Zimbabwe drops case against US dentist who killed Cecil the lion

Oct 12, 2015 - 11:04 PM

A minister says Zimbabwe will drop its case against trophy hunter Walter Palmer because he was carrying the right papers at the time of the hunt

An undated handout photo provided by the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority on July 28, 2015 shows Cecil, one of Zimbabwe's most famous lions, who was reportedly shot dead by US hunter Walter Palmer. EPA photo

Endangered Sumatran elephant killed, netizens angered

Sep 21, 2015 - 8:16 PM

A critically endangered Sumatran elephant who had patrolled Indonesia s jungles to help protect threatened habitats has been killed for his tusks sparking online anger

RIP YONGKI. The body of a critically endangered Sumatran elephant, named Yongki, lies on the ground after he was found dead in his enclosure. Photo from Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park

Zimbabwe parks confirm Jericho the lion alive amid Cecil furore

Aug 02, 2015 - 7:48 AM

UPDATED Zimbabwe wildlife authorities dismiss rumors that a second lion known as Jericho has been slain

ICON. Cecil the Lion was known for his signature black mane. Photo by EPA

Dentist who killed Cecil the lion poached in US

Jul 30, 2015 - 9:31 AM

Walter Palmer 55 boasted that he is a bow hunting purist who doesn t carry a gun as backup when pursuing big game

PROTEST. People protest against poaching after the death of Cecil the lion, in the parking lot of Dr. Walter Palmer's River Bluff Dental Clinic on July 29, 2015 in Bloomington, Minnesota. Adam Bettcher/Getty Images/AFP

US dentist killed Zimbabwe's Cecil the lion

Jul 29, 2015 - 7:58 AM

The lion a popular attraction among international visitors to the Hwange National Park was lured outside the park s boundaries by bait and killed earlier this month by Walter James Palmer

GONE. An undated handout photo provided by the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority on July 28, 2015 shows Cecil, one of Zimbabwe's most famous lions, who was reportedly shot dead by US hunter Walter Palmer, of Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, according to reports in the UK media. Cecil was allegedly shot with a crossbow on July 6. Handout/EPA

MILF returns weapons, Binay allies, Tubbataha damage | The wRap

Feb 18, 2015 - 8:03 PM

MILF returns 16 firearms seized from the SAF Senators say the Vice President’s allies may be liable for money laundering The United States pays the Philippines for Tubbataha reef damages

Feeling 'unblessed': Vendors evicted over papal visit

Jan 13, 2015 - 11:11 AM

Luneta vendors feel that the government s decision to evict them as part of security preparations for the papal visit is anti poor and therefore anti pope

How we plan to keep these kids reading, with your help

Oct 06, 2014 - 4:49 PM

The kids at the poor island of Messah light up at the sight of a book the same way we might stare in awe at a priceless painting For them to have their own books to go on an imaginative journey to get them to dream big – this is why I decided to start Books for Messah

HUNGRY FOR BOOKS. The children of Messah Island reading books provided by Taman Bacaan Pelangi. Photos courtesy of Hanny Kusumawati and Nitara Nivatvongs Layton

The bumpy trail for child tour guides

Aug 30, 2014 - 10:00 AM

Child tour guides in the Philippines have to take care of tourists When the trail gets bumpy who will take care of them?

Yosemite Park fire threatens famous giant sequoia trees

Jul 31, 2014 - 11:56 AM

The blaze which began on Saturday has scorched some 3 545 acres 1 234 hectares of the popular tourist spot and is about one third contained

AFLAME. A photograph made available on 28 July 2014 shows the El Portal Fire burning in the Stanislaus National Forest and Yosemite National Park, California, USA, 27 July 2014. Stuart Palley/EPA

S.Africa rhino poaching up, with 277 killed this year

Apr 10, 2014 - 2:30 AM

Illegal hunting is up more than a third compared to the same time a year ago when 203 of the giant animals were slaughtered by poachers the ministry said

PROTECTED. In this file photo, a white rhino and her calf on a game farm in the Waterberg district, some 350km north-west of Johannesburg, South Africa, 08 September 2010. EPA/Jon Hrusa

New lizard species discovered in Peru

Mar 12, 2014 - 8:36 AM

The new species named Potamites erythrocularis was located in the upper part of Manu National Park in Peru s southeast Cusco region

MANU NATIONAL PARK. View of riverbank in Manu National Park, Madre de Dios, Peru. Photo by user As578 from Wikipedia

NHCP backs off from Torre de Manila issue

Nov 06, 2013 - 12:54 PM

The National Historical Commission now approves of the controversial Torre de Manila project that threatens to mar the Rizal Shrine sightline

NO TO CONDO. Petitioners who want the construction of DMCI Homes' Torre de Manila refer to the condominium as 'Terror de Manila.' Image from 'NO to DMCI's "Terror de Manila"' Facebook page

Statue of Liberty reopening delights tourists

Oct 14, 2013 - 7:23 AM

The iconic statue reopened to tourists for the first time since falling victim to the US government shutdown two weeks ago

REOPENED FOR BUSINESS. Tourists arrive to visit the Statue of Liberty on October 13, 2013 in New York City. Kena Betancur/Getty Images/AFP