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Posts by Sydney Weil

Engaging Communities and Wildlife Scouts in Uganda

Chimpanzee hiding in a tree in Uganda

It is my personal belief that conservation in today’s world cannot happen without the aid of the communities who live side-by-side with the animals who we are trying to save.  This philosophy is one of the (many) reasons I was drawn to AWF: they also believe in helping the people to help the animals.

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Cheetahs: The World's Fastest Land Animal

Adult female cheetah in Kenya. Photo by Robyn Gianni

I have to admit, I’m not usually a big fan of cats. But, for whatever reason, I cannot help but be captivated by cheetahs. Maybe it’s their grace and agility or maybe it’s just the face of a cheetah cub, but I think these cats are incredible.

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The Cute, but Tough, African Hedgehog

African hedgehog. Photo by: Denis Carl

Africa is full of iconic species:  lions, elephants, rhinos, cheetahs, and more. Look closer to the ground, though, and you may just spot a species not typically associated with African safaris.

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How Does Water Use in the United States Compare to That in Africa?

How would the United States Live on only 5 gallons of water per day?

Every day, the average American family uses about 552 gallons of water. 

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Celebrating the Life of Nelson Mandela

International Nelson Mandela Day

Today, the world celebrates alongside Nelson Mandela as the South African icon turns 95.

Mandela is best known for his work in political activism.  He spent 27 years in prison after being found guilty of sabotage in the Rivonia Trial and was an instrumental part in ending apartheid in South Africa.

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