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African Wildlife Foundation's mission is to ensure wildlife and wild lands thrive in modern Africa.

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Hippopotamus
Image of an infant mountain gorilla surrounded by leaves

Kwita Izina: 6 facts you need to know about the gorilla naming

At the base of Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park, infant mountain gorillas were celebrated during the Kwita Izina naming ceremony.

Here’s what you need to know about the ceremony and the iconic mountain gorilla:

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Rhinoceros

Rhinoceros
African Wildlife Foundation Decries Ruling on South Africa’s Rhino Horn Trade Ban

African Wildlife Foundation Decries Ruling on South Africa’s Rhino Horn Trade Ban

The Constitutional Court in South Africa has reportedly dismissed an appeal by South Africa’s Department of Environmental Affairs to

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Elephant

Elephant
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Ilima Conservation Primary School

In a remote part of rural DRC, AWF built 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 and...

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Did you know?
Rare today, herds of 100 or more roan antelopes were common in the past. 
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 #74 to get involved

As poaching rates grow, canine detection units are helping authorities detect even the smallest dustings of illegal wildlife products.

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 #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 #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 #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.

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Ethiopian Wolf

Ethiopian Wolf
Bwindi Mountain Gorilla Census

Bwindi Mountain Gorilla Census

Accurate population numbers are needed for gorilla conservation. The Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in Uganda is home to approximately half of the world’s remaining...

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West African Giraffe

West African Giraffe
AWF Board Member Veronica Varekova Takes Part in Rhino Horn Burn at the Dvur Kralove Zoo

AWF Board Member Veronica Varekova Takes Part in Rhino Horn Burn at the Dvur Kralove Zoo

The African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) Global Ambassador and Board Member, Veronica Varekova was among the key personalities invited by the

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Million Dollar Match

Million Dollar Match
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Campo Ma’an Anti-Poaching Patrols

Untapped tourism potential

With its accessibility to Cameroon’s capital city, as well as its proximity to white-sand beaches, Campo Ma’an National Park is ripe with tourism potential. This forested park boasts a variety of species, including the forest elephant, pangolin and leopard. It is also among the few places in Africa where gorillas and...

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Zambezi

Zambezi
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Predator-proof bomas have been used to lessen human-carnivore conflict. 
Reason #74 to get involved

As poaching rates grow, canine detection units are helping authorities detect even the smallest dustings of illegal wildlife products.

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.

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 #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 #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.

Did you know?
All wildebeest populations have declined except those in the Serengeti. 

Climate Change

Climate Change

If a rhino could speak he’d beg the world to stop poaching

African Wildlife Foundation is committed to a holistic, three-pronged approach to saving Africa’s most threatened species. That means we not only stop the killing by protecting species, like the rhinoceros, on the ground but also work to stop wildlife

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Fischer's Lovebird

Fischer's Lovebird
Photo of children at Uganda's Murchison Falls

Field trips inspire a new generation of Ugandan conservationists

Uganda’s Murchison Falls National Park is a known hotspot for poaching, an activity driven mainly by the demand for bushmeat. For the last five years, the USAID/Uganda Biodiversity Program — a program implemented by African Wildlife Foundation — has been working

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Dja

Dja
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Simien Mountains Cultural Tourism

Communities need help balancing their needs and the needs of their environment.

Ethiopia’s highlands are among the most densely populated agricultural areas in Africa. Agriculture is the major source of livelihood for communities living here, but shifting cultivation, overgrazing and agricultural expansion are putting serious strain on the surrounding...

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Plummeting populations

Plummeting populations
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 #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 #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 #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 #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.

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