African Wildlife Foundation
Our Mission

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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Elephant

Elephant
Mt. Bisoke, Virunga Mountains

The Volcanoes of Rwanda

As we climbed out of Kigali on to one of the ridges leading north-west to the Volcanoes National Park area I was surprised to see the lush, green landscape spreading out across the ridges and valleys way into the distance. This landscape contrasted dramatically

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Hippopotamus

Hippopotamus
Okavango Delta Named 1000th World Heritage Site

Okavango Delta Named 1000th World Heritage Site

Inland delta is home to robust populations of elephants, lions, hippos, wild dogs, birds, and other species

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Rhinoceros

Rhinoceros
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Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge

Mountain gorillas are in danger of extinction.

In the Virunga Mountains of Rwanda, tourists pay top dollar for the privilege of tracking mountain gorillas. Mountain gorillas are a majestic but critically endangered species that are threatened by poaching, habitat loss, and human-wildlife conflict. When local communities benefit from this tourism, however,...

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Africa will bear the brunt of negative impacts from 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 #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 #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 #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 #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.

Save Valley

Save Valley

Hedgehog

Hedgehog
Baby Mountain Gorillas Named at Kwita Izina Ceremony

Baby Mountain Gorillas Named at Kwita Izina Ceremony

At Kwita Izina ceremony, 18 new baby gorillas receive names

Rwandans recently celebrated the birth of 18

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West African Giraffe

West African Giraffe
Khi Solar One, South Africa's solar tower

South Africa's Move to Reduce Carbon Dioxide Emissions

Just outside Upington, South Africa, the slender grey tower shimmered in the distance like a heat mirage. You can be driving down empty highway roads for hours, passing nothing but dust devils and quiver trees, when suddenly, signs of Africa’s rapid

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Conservation Schools

Conservation Schools
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Great Fish River Rhino Conservation

More than 75% of the world’s rhino population lives in South Africa.

Black rhinos are classified as critically endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List, with the western black rhinoceros declared officially extinct by the IUCN in 2011. Habitat loss and human encroachment only account for a fraction of the decline...

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East Africa

East Africa

Zambezi

Zambezi
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 #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 #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 #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 #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.

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Did you know?
Rare today, herds of 100 or more roan antelopes were common in the past. 
Jackie Chan and Spike the rhino video

Jackie Chan and Spike the Rhino for the Win

If you haven’t seen our “Tools of the Trade” video, you’re missing out. Action star and activist, Jackie Chan, fights off an arsenal of deadly weapons—the kind of weapons poachers use against our treasured wildlife—as he

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All wildebeest populations have declined except those in the Serengeti. 
Kolo Hills Landscape

What It Means to Work at a Large-Landscape Scale

“AWF approaches conservation at a large-landscape scale.”

How many times have I heard that said about our work? How many times have I written that myself, when writing about AWF’s approach to conservation?

I’m fully aware that

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Etosha-Skeleton Coast

Etosha-Skeleton Coast
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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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West/Central Africa

West/Central Africa
Did you know?
Africa is the second-largest and second most populous continent.
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 #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 #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 #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.

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