It's a big week for AWF in cyberspace. The AWF Blog Team is growing with two great new bloggers: Bernard Kissui in Tanzania and Paul Muoria in Kenya.
Dr. Kissui is heading up our lion conservation and research program in the Maasai Steppe Heartland. I don't think many people realize how much trouble Africa's lions are in -- there are roughly 23,000 left on the continent, down from 100,000 only two decades ago. One big driver of their decline is human-wildlife conflict. A major part of Kissui's work is to work with Maasai to find ways to reduce reduce predation on livestock and therefore reduce the conflict that leads to lion killings like we saw in December.
Check out his blog: Lions of Tarangire -- www.awf.org/lionblog
Dr. Muoria is further north in the Samburu Heartland, working to conserve the endangered Grevy's zebra. As you know, this is definitely the most beautiful of the zebra species, but with a population of less than 3,000, their future is not so certain. Muoria is doing some pretty fascinating work creating a database of each individual Grevy's to get a better handle on the population, their movements, and threats.
Check out his blog: Guarding Grevy's Zebras -- www.awf.org/zebrablog
These guys are born story-tellers. Check out their blogs to hear from the experts first-hand.
Paul began with AWF based in Nairobi for a year, before moving to Washington DC. Paul has worked at the Madrid Aquarium and at The Marine Mammal Center in the Marin Headlands outside San Francisco. He was born in New Zealand but grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. Paul received his B.S. in Wildlife Ecology and Management at the University of Michigan’s School of Natural Resources and Environment. He is a member of the Emerging Wildlife Conservation Leadership initiative and is working on a conservation campaign to combat the illegal trade of Asian pangolins. Paul enjoys photography, travel, hikes in the woods, music, and nyama choma.
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