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Our Mission

The African Wildlife Foundation, together with the people of Africa, works to ensure the wildlife and wild lands of Africa will endure forever. 

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Hippopotamus

Hippopotamus
Leopard by Max Chiswick

Catching Up with AWF’s Resident Leopard Expert

Longtime AWF followers might remember Nakedi Maputla, the leopard researcher working out of South Africa’s Kruger National Park. The intrepid South African recently became our Congo landscape ecologist, where he is working to protect bonobos, forest

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Rhinoceros

Rhinoceros
Ecolodge Breaks Ground in Ethiopia's Simien Mountains National Park

Ecolodge Breaks Ground in Ethiopia's Simien Mountains National Park

Funded by African Wildlife Foundation's mission-based investment company, African Wildlife Capital, Limalimo Lodge is scheduled to

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Elephant

Elephant
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Zambezi Elephant Conservation

Elephants don’t know borders.

Elephant populations in Southern Africa roam freely across many countries, seeking food, water, and suitable habitat. As a result, monitoring, protecting, and securing habitats for elephant herds is particularly difficult.

Creating an elephant management strategy.

To answer the call of 40,000 elephants across three...

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Africa is the second-largest and second most populous continent.
Reason #37 to get involved

The Sekute Conservation Area has resulted in increased education and conservation in the region. With your support AWF can create more success stories like this one. 

Reason #53 to get involved

With loss of habitat and prey, carnivores—like cheetahs and wild dogs—are hunting community livestock. As a result, farmers are forced to kill these species. African Wildlife Foundation needs support training scouts and funding bomas to protect livestock as well as negotiating buffer zones for wildlife.

Reason #11 to get involved

Wildlife corridors allow migratory species, like the wildebeest and zebra, to roam safely. Without intervention, these free spaces are threatened by increasing development and agriculture. 

Reason #82 to get involved

Adapting to their recent human neighbors, vervet monkeys steal food and raid crops. As a result, humans mass-poison the monkeys to defend their food sources. Help is needed to establish a buffer zone so both humans and monkeys can coexist.

Reason #85 to get involved

AWF works with a host of partners on issues ranging from climate change to land conservation. Projects like Kolo Hills REDD+ are examples of our continued success working with partners. 

Reason #50 to get involved

Fewer than 900 mountain gorillas exist today. They live in areas suffering from the effects of civil war, poverty, poaching, and disease. Help fund efforts that include protecting gorilla habitats and keeping peace between locals and wildlife.

Reason #21 to get involved

African Wildlife Foundation is devoted entirely to, and ever-present in, African wildlife conservation and sustainable development—recognizing and responding to critical threats in a multifaceted way. Help all of Africa, the wildlife, the communities, and the future.

Reason #3 to get involved

AWF is fostering new and innovative solutions to the problems posed by a rapidly developing Africa which remains home to vulnerable and endangered species.

West/Central Africa

West/Central Africa

Bili Uele

Bili Uele
Satao's body from an aerial view. Photo by Mark Deeble and Victoria Stone

The Time is Now to Save Africa's Elephants

Dear friends, I am a Mars scientist—not a wildlife activist. But I have been horrified to learn of the recent poaching of Satao, the beloved Kenyan elephant pictured here. He was poached for his ivory. The picture of his mutilated body is beyond words.

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Mau Forest

Mau Forest
Black backed jackal in Dead Vlei, Namibia

Tourists and Jackals in Namibia

When I was in the same location a year earlier, I didn't see any jackals bothering tourists (admittedly, that could have been random luck).

Earlier this day, I saw a different jackal drinking something from beneath an overland truck—I

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Etosha-Skeleton Coast

Etosha-Skeleton Coast
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Ilima Primary School

In a remote part of rural DRC, AWF is building a different kind of primary school.

When AWF arrived in Ilima, the local school was a ramshackle building that failed to serve the educational needs of its students. Located in a remote part of the forest in northwest DRC, Ilima’s community school rarely attracted the best teachers. Its isolated location...

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Zambezi

Zambezi

Climate Change

Climate Change
Reason #11 to get involved

Wildlife corridors allow migratory species, like the wildebeest and zebra, to roam safely. Without intervention, these free spaces are threatened by increasing development and agriculture. 

Reason #85 to get involved

AWF works with a host of partners on issues ranging from climate change to land conservation. Projects like Kolo Hills REDD+ are examples of our continued success working with partners. 

Reason #3 to get involved

AWF is fostering new and innovative solutions to the problems posed by a rapidly developing Africa which remains home to vulnerable and endangered species.

Reason #53 to get involved

With loss of habitat and prey, carnivores—like cheetahs and wild dogs—are hunting community livestock. As a result, farmers are forced to kill these species. African Wildlife Foundation needs support training scouts and funding bomas to protect livestock as well as negotiating buffer zones for wildlife.

Reason #50 to get involved

Fewer than 900 mountain gorillas exist today. They live in areas suffering from the effects of civil war, poverty, poaching, and disease. Help fund efforts that include protecting gorilla habitats and keeping peace between locals and wildlife.

Reason #21 to get involved

African Wildlife Foundation is devoted entirely to, and ever-present in, African wildlife conservation and sustainable development—recognizing and responding to critical threats in a multifaceted way. Help all of Africa, the wildlife, the communities, and the future.

Reason #82 to get involved

Adapting to their recent human neighbors, vervet monkeys steal food and raid crops. As a result, humans mass-poison the monkeys to defend their food sources. Help is needed to establish a buffer zone so both humans and monkeys can coexist.

Did you know?
Africa will bear the brunt of negative impacts from climate change.

A Changing Africa

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A Changing Africa
A hyena at Kieliekrankie Wilderness Camp, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa

A Hyena Takes an Early Morning Swim

Shortly after sunrise, at Kieliekrankie Wilderness Camp in South Africa,  as I settled into my balcony chair with my rusk and a coffee, I noticed a lone hyena on the horizon.

He wandered down the hillside to the watering hole and

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Predator-proof bomas have been used to lessen human-carnivore conflict. 
Elephant flinging mud photo by: Marius Coetzee/mariuscoetzee.com

Elephants are Artists

The Ancient Greek philosopher, Aristotle, once said that elephants were "the animal which surpasses all others in wit and mind."

Elephants exhibit a wide variety of behaviors, including those associated with grief, learning, mothering, mimicry,

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Bat-Eared Fox

Bat-Eared Fox
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Ngoma Lodge

A national park too small to house African wildlife.

Chobe National Park in Northern Botswana is densely populated by wildlife and boasts a large elephant population. Unfortunately, the park itself cannot provide sufficient room for all of its animal residents to roam comfortably. As a result, animals often stray beyond the borders of the park, making them...

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All wildebeest populations have declined except those in the Serengeti. 

Virunga

Virunga
Reason #50 to get involved

Fewer than 900 mountain gorillas exist today. They live in areas suffering from the effects of civil war, poverty, poaching, and disease. Help fund efforts that include protecting gorilla habitats and keeping peace between locals and wildlife.

Reason #85 to get involved

AWF works with a host of partners on issues ranging from climate change to land conservation. Projects like Kolo Hills REDD+ are examples of our continued success working with partners. 

Reason #82 to get involved

Adapting to their recent human neighbors, vervet monkeys steal food and raid crops. As a result, humans mass-poison the monkeys to defend their food sources. Help is needed to establish a buffer zone so both humans and monkeys can coexist.

Reason #53 to get involved

With loss of habitat and prey, carnivores—like cheetahs and wild dogs—are hunting community livestock. As a result, farmers are forced to kill these species. African Wildlife Foundation needs support training scouts and funding bomas to protect livestock as well as negotiating buffer zones for wildlife.

Reason #3 to get involved

AWF is fostering new and innovative solutions to the problems posed by a rapidly developing Africa which remains home to vulnerable and endangered species.

Reason #21 to get involved

African Wildlife Foundation is devoted entirely to, and ever-present in, African wildlife conservation and sustainable development—recognizing and responding to critical threats in a multifaceted way. Help all of Africa, the wildlife, the communities, and the future.

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