This is an houbara bustard video.
e-petition calls to save the last Houbara Bustards in Tunisia
Mon, Jan 2, 2012
Please, sign and share our petition. Together we can help save Houbara
Houbara Bustard Chlamydotis undulata undulata is protected by the Tunisian law and several international conventions to which Tunisia is signatory. This did not prevent the near-extermination of the Tunisian population of Houbara Bustard by poaching of the emirs of the gulf states and which was authorised during more than 20 years by the Ben Ali regime.
At the beginning of November the Association “Les Amis des Oiseaux” (AAO – BirdLife in Tunisia) observed the impending threat of new poaching efforts. The AAO informed the authorities and civil society of the poaching risks, including organising a press conference in collaboration with other environmental organisations.
“To date all our calls to the Tunisian authorities remained without response”, says Claudia Feltrup Azafzaf, Project Director at AAO. “Therefore, we ask the President of the Republic and the current government to take a stand and to ensure that our laws are enforced and conserve the wildlife and in particular our last Houbara Bustards.”
“Please, sign and share our petition. Together we can help save Houbara Bustard in Tunisia”.
Click here to go to petition.
The link provided by BirdLife did not work; I replaced it with a link to the petition which does work.
Tunisia: The Archipelago of La Galite – a Nature Reserve With a Story to Tell
By Farah Samti, 29 January 2012
Located in the Mediterranean, on the Northern most point of not only Tunisia but also Africa, the archipelago of La Galite is a nature reserve that ecologists are currently improving so that the spot will become the next favorite destination of nature lovers visiting Tunisia.
The La Galite archipelago is situated in the Bizerte Governorate. It consists of three main islands: La Galite, Le Galiton, and La Fauchelle. It is almost 60 kilometers from North Tabarka, and close to 150 kilometers from South Cap Spartivento, Sardinia.
La Galite which is made of volcanic rocks, is known for its unique flora and fauna, especially its rare species of birds and plants. Natural landscapes are diverse thanks to the breathtaking scenery, in which the mountain appears to marry the sea.
In addition to its beautiful nature, La Galite has an interesting history; there is an abandoned village on the main island. The village was once inhabited during the 1960â-‘s by French and Italians who were born in Tunisia, but did not want to leave the country right after Independence was declared in 1956.
Former Tunisian President Habib Bourguiba spent a period of exile on the island as well. The house, where he stayed for 743 days beginning May 1952, will be renovated into part of the reception area for visitors of the reserve.
Members of the National Army guard the 14 meter high Galiton lighthouse which is still operational today.
Caves of the Galiton are a wonder of nature, created by the movement of water throughout time.
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