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Land Leases for Conservation (and Elephants!)

Kenya's elephants travel through Amboseli as they move between parks. Photo by: Billy Dodson

More than five years ago, African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) began our  Conservation Lease program, with the goal of protecting land for wildlife while also maintaining considering interest of the communities that own the land. Most recently, AWF signed more than 500 new leases with the local Maasai community to protect more than 5,000 acres of critical wildlife habitat.

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Unacceptable Losses

39 Elephants Poached. Cameroon.

We are in northern Cameroon, Boubba’ndjidda, National Park to be exact. We are close to the border of Chad. Boubba’ndjidda connects to Sena Oura National Park. We are on a scoping mission, assessing conservation opportunities with the hopes of being able to provide support to the management and protection of the Binational  Sena Bouba (BSB) Yamoussa Complex in coordination with the Governments, Wildlife Authorities and partners.

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Forest Day in Durban South Africa

It’s Sunday. Today is CIFOR’s (Centre for International Forestry Research) Forest Day. 1200 people are gathering to discuss the value and future of forests. The focus is global, but the fact that the COP 17 is in South Africa is a great opportunity to highlight the major plight of Africa’s forests. AWF President Helen Gichohi is giving the keynote address.

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The Nairobi National Park (NNP)

Nairobi National Park is one of the world’s only national parks that sit on the edge of a major city.  It is truly amazing that one can escape the booming city of Nairobi with its 3 million people and world-renowned traffic jams in a matter of minutes into the forest and grasslands of Nairobi National Park—the green lung of Nairobi.

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Wildlife Recover in Kilitome Conservancy

We are sitting on the porch at Tawi Lodge in the Kilimanjaro Heartland. Mt. Kilimanjaro is smack dab in front of us. The view is brilliant as the mountain stands with magnificent enormity. Tawi Lodge sits right in the middle of Kilitome Conservancy, a conservancy created by AWF and 100 Maasai landowners. Tawi is a luxury eco-camp opened in 2010. It is a lovely, peaceful spot in the dryland, acacia woodlands. AWF and Tawi signed lease agreements with the landowners over two years ago.

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